What are common golf injuries?

Although golf is a low-impact sport, it’s associated with several injuries. Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse. The most commonly injured area is the lower back. Other injured areas can include the elbow, wrist and hand, and shoulder.

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Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them

Johnny Yiu, physiotherapist, discusses lower back pain in golf.

Quiz: Do You Understand Back Pain?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:


Lumbar back pain is the most common type of back pain.

Back pain symptoms can be mild or severe, and cervical (neck pain), thoracic (middle back pain), lumbar (lower back pain) or tailbone/sacral (coccydynia). Lumbar back pain is the most common type.

Back pain isn't caused by medical problems involving the gallbladder or kidneys.

Back pain can come from muscles, bones, joints or nerves. It can also be caused by medical problems involving the gallbladder, aorta, kidneys or pancreas.

Scoliosis is a back condition but it doesn't cause back pain.

Back pain causes include injury or activity, arthritis, back strain, sciatica, poor posture, aging and scoliosis.

Back pain symptoms include pain that radiates down your leg.

Back pain symptoms include shooting or stabbing pain, pain that radiates down the leg, muscle aches, pain that worsens when you walk, lift something, bend or stand, and pain that improves when you recline.

Most patients with back pain will require surgery.

In most cases, back pain will resolve on its own with treatment at home and over-the-counter medications. Some patients benefit from spinal traction, a physiotherapy technique that applies a longitudinal stretch to the reachable joints and soft tissues that is commonly used on the cervical, lumbar spine and thoracic spine. Surgery is not usually recommended.
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Johnny Yiu, physiotherapist, discusses Hip Pain Treatment and Strength Drills

Why Golf Injuries Are Common and How You Can Prevent Them

Most people consider golf to be a pretty safe sport, but in fact there are lots of injuries associated with it.

One of the reasons for that is there are lots of people who play golf maybe once a week. They aren’t really doing a lot of physical activity in between their times when they go out and play. And as a consequence they probably have lots of tightness in their muscles. They’re not really prepared for their activity.

So as part of a prevention program to reduce the likelihood of golf injuries, a proper stretching program, a strengthening program, these sort of things are really important.

One of the commonest injuries people see in golf would be golfer’s elbow. It’s an inflammation of the muscles in the forearm where they attached on the elbow. And that is often a consequence of things like gripping the club too hard.

There are also commonly injuries to the back playing golf. Most of the time when people are swinging, if they don’t have very good biomechanics or if they’re not particularly strong in their core, then that could lead to acute injuries like disc injuries, facet joint injuries, sacroiliac joint injuries. These are all actually quite common in golfers.

If you’re a golfer and you’re concerned about preventing injuries or if you have a golf injury, there are various treatment options available to you.

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Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

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Hip Pain Treatment and Strength Drills

When people are experiencing hip pain from golf, some of the issues that may be are a weakness of the gluteal muscles or your butt muscles.

There may be muscle imbalances that cause straining on one side more than the other. Weakness in this area can cause a strain or a pain in that hip joint. Another possible treatment is mobilizing that joint. People get tight hips a lot of the times from repeated motions without doing the opposite motion, and this may cause also another imbalance and pain within that hip joint.

There are joint mobilizations that can help mobilize the joint or loosen up that hip joint. Stretches can be done to elongate the muscles that need to be stretched and strengthen the muscles that need to be stabilized. Local Orthopedic Surgeons 

Other things that can be done are core stability as the hip complex is very closely associated with your core muscles and also your gluteal muscles as I talked to you about earlier is very important in stabilizing that hip through the golf swing.

If people have more questions about their hip pain and how this pain can be treated, you should go see your local physiotherapist or sport med doctor to get it properly diagnosed.

Presenter: Mr. Johnny Yiu, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

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