Golf is undoubtedly becoming one of the world’s most popular sports (with good reason!). At our clinic we see a lot of players complaining of restriction in their movement that may be affecting their swing. We believe a good percentage of golfers may in fact be suffering from some form of osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear of the cartilage that makes up a joint. With the degeneration you also get stiffness and sometimes extra bony growth occurs to further reduce joint range of movement. The most commonly affected areas are the neck, lower back, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles.
So, as you can see, these joints can play a big role in affecting (adversely) your swing!! The more restricted these joints are, the less rotation of the spine and hence the smaller range of back swing as well as follow through. Apart from the joint restriction, arthritis can also cause localised pain, which will also limit the player’s abilities as it can lead to muscle spasm and gradually muscle wasting.
Role of Physiotherapist
Your physiotherapist can help reduce the joint stiffness with mobilisations. A program will be prescribed to maintain joint mobility and muscle strength and to correct any muscle imbalances that may occur.
Correcting your posture will maximise the body’s potential to produce power by improving your technique. Your physiotherapist will also give you advice on how to manage the pain and stiffness at home so you can get on with golfing and spend more time on the green than in treatment!!