Golf - Rotator Cuff Injury

This time of year, people who  enjoy a good game of golf are in their glory. The early  morning sunshine and the sun still hanging pretty high up in the sky after 6pm makes for hours for enjoying their favorite pastime.  People that golf don’t really need anyone else to play against them, since with this kind of sport you can be in competition against yourself. Always trying to best your  last round.

But  no matter if your playing solo, or your teamed up with a group out for a day of fun on the links, this can all be spoiled if you find yourself wincing from shoulder pain while trying to send your ball far down the fairway.  One of the most common injuries a golfer can experience is the Rotator Cuff injury.  Shoulder pain and difficulty raising your arm can be caused by a rotator cuff strain, a common golf injury. ... A rotator cuff injury occurs when tendons and/or muscles tear and cause pain. A powerful golf swing can aggravate this injury by repeatedly raising your  arm above your head, such as when your following through with your  swing. This causes the rotator cuff tendons to run, become inflamed and even can tear.

Reasons that a typical golf swing can cause undue stress on the rotator cuff is that the swings and force required to propel the ball exerts a great amount of power from this area. The drive is a high-effort power movement that puts a lot of stress on the rotator cuff. Add this to the fact that it’s generally weak and tight from negligence, and it’s no wonder that many golfers are sidelined with rotator cuff-related injuries.

The most common is tendinitis, where one or more of the rotator cuff tendons become inflamed and painful. Another common affliction is bursitis. If the bursa (a fluid-filled sac that overlies the rotator cuff tendons) is irritated, it can become inflamed and cause pain. Since the tendons and bursa are close together, many times both problems coexist. Impingement can occur when the arm is repeatedly raised above the head in the golf swing, causing the rotator cuff tendons to rub, inflame and even tear.

In order to  help alleviate your shoulder pain, you can try simply resting the arm that’s affected. Applying an  ice treatment can also help reduce inflammation and swelling of the shoulder allowing the tendons to relax and this will help  reduce the pain level.

Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (PRICE) is one of the most recommended approaches for the management of rotator cuff injuries. The aim is to minimize hemorrhage, swelling, inflammation and pain, to provide the best conditions for healing to take place.

Physicool provides the key stages of PRICE in a single reusable bandage, providing protection, cooling and compression for the shoulder injury to help the healing process. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the shoulder and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage while it is in position.

In addition to applying the ice therapy using the PhysicoolUSA bandages if the pain persists you should  see your family physician. There could be that possibility that a tendon, or several tendons have torn, and surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.  As always, we recommend that if the pain and discomfort continues for more than two or three days, make that appointment to see your physician and get a clear diagnosis of the problem area.

 

 


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