Golf Injuries

Golf Injuries

golf injuries

Golf is a game of consistency, repetition, flexibility, balance, and hand-eye coordination. While the cardiovascular pressures of golf are fairly low, overall body conditioning and endurance are a must.

Regularly playing golf places a moderate level of stress on several different joints within the body. For instance, regularly swinging a golf club places a fairly high level of stress on the core area, the lower back, and the shoulders.

In addition, this swinging motion can also place the lower body joints, knees and ankles, under stress as well.

Due to the repetitive nature of golf, and the walking that is required, shoulder, foot, hand, and wrist injuries can also occur. This includes injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lower back strains, and shoulder impingement.

Below are a list of the most common injuries that occur when playing the game of golf.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a fungus growth that can occur on the feet and rapidly spread when the feet are exposed to a moist warm environment.

Backaches and Stress

Backaches may often occur from excess stress originating from the spine, muscles or nerves of the back region. Backaches due to stress may be a precursor to chronic lower back pain, and should therefore be taken seriously.

Back Sprains and Strains

Back Sprains and Strains are extremely common and can in range in severity from a dull pain to a highly acute sharp pain.


listers are typically caused by friction between the skin and a surface and produces a fluid filled sacs on the surface of the skin.

Bursitis of the Elbow

ursitis of the Elbow typically occurs when the elbow experiences a high force impact or from long term overuse of the elbow joint.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome typically occurs through repetitive movements and is an irritation of the synovial membranes of the wrist and hand.

Cartilage Injuries and Knee Disorders

Cartilage Injuries are related to damage and/or loss of cartilage that cause debilitating pain, stiffness and swelling of the knee area.

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness is believed to be due to inflammation caused by muscle damage, however, it is not fully understood.

Finger Fractures

Finger Fractures typically occur from an acute traumatic impact to one of the finger bones, causing it to fracture.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder occurs when the the shoulder joint capsules becomes irritated and inflamed.

Herniated Disks

Herniated Disks occur when the spinal vertebrae have been compressed and force the disk between the vertebrae outward.

Knee Pain

Knee Pain is most often associated with the inflamation, tearing, or degeneration of the muscle, ligaments, or cartilage of the knee.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain is quite common and can be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight and strong back, oblique, and abdominal muscles.

Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

Medial Epicondylitis (aka Little League or Golfer’s elbow) occurs from overuse of the forearm muscles, causing the tendon to tear.

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee are evident by inflammation and pain assocaited with the outside and/or inside of the knee area.

Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps typically occur within the muscles of the lower portion of the body and are involuntary muscle contractions and spasms.

Muscle Sprains and Strains

Muscle Sprains and Strains are injuries associated with the ligament that connects bone to bone (Sprain) or connects muscle to bone (Strain).

Muscle Strains of the Back

Muscle Strains of the Back occur when the muscle fibers of the back are overly stretched and/or torn causing acute pain and soreness.

Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Osteoarthritis of the Knee is the degeneration of the cartilage within the knee joint that is located between the femur and tibia bones.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick fibrous band of tissue located on the bottom surface of the foot.

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis tyically occurs when the rotator cuff muscles and tendons undergo repetitive chronic stress.

Shin Splints

Shin Splints injuries are generally due to an accumulation of repetitive stress on the front of the lower leg where the shin bone is located.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome occurs when the muscles, tendons and the bursa of the shoulder become inflamed and swollen.

Shoulder Instability

Shoulder Instability occurs when the structures surrounding the glenohumeral joint do not maintain the humerous ball within its socket.

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder Separation injuries involve the stretching or tearing of ligaments at the AC joint, where the clavicle bone connects to the scapula.

Stress Fracture of the Foot

Stress Fractures can occur when an overload of stress is placed on the foot, resulting in small fractures of the toe or metatarsal bones.

Tendonitis of the Wrist

Tendonitis of the Wrist is a result of repetitive overuse causing irritation of the sheath tunnel surrounding the tendons of the thumb.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis Elbow can occur through repetitive activity that involves either a constant motion involving the elbow or heavy lifting with the elbow joint.


Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the synovium fluid filled sheath that surrounds the tendons of the wrist causing pain and swelling.

Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff injuries produce considerable pain in the shoulder joint area when attempting to lift, lower, or rotate the arm.

Trigger Finger

Trigger Fingers occur when a tendon in the hand becomes swollen and physically bigger than the tendon sheath surrounding it.

Wrist Sprains

Wrist Strains are the result of an impact that causes the ligaments that connect bone to bone to overstretch and develop minor tears.

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