Golf Injury Pain Relief

Although golf has a reputation as being a laid-back and uneventful sport, people who play golf expose themselves to a significant number of hazards. The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 55,000 people were reported to emergency rooms in 2009 as a result of golf-related injuries. Some of the more significant golf injuries include golfer’s elbow and lower back pain, both of which can be safely treated at New York Dynamic Rehabilitation clinic (NYDNRehab).

The most common kind of golf injury is lower back injury, followed by injury to the elbows and shoulders. Studies suggest that the repetitive nature of club swinging is responsible for the high rate of injury incurred by golfing. Because the L5-S1 vertebrae allow more rotation than other joints in the lower back, they are not as protected from the intense forces generated by the motion of a golf swing. Professional golfers can swing at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour; thus it’s no surprise that a recent study of PGA golfers showed that 33 percent had experienced lower back problems for longer than two weeks at a time. Incidentally, the rate of injury is markedly higher in golfers who carry their own bags rather than having them carried by someone else.

Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition involving overuse of the flexor muscles in the forearm, the muscles responsible for moving the wrist and forearm and assisting with elbow flexion. This condition is caused by repetitive gripping and swinging that places unnecessary stress on the flexors and the flexor tendon of the medial epicondyle, a bony protrusion on the inner side of the elbow. The majority of wrist flexors are attached to this tendon. Golfer’s elbow may develop either directly as a result of tendon degeneration, or indirectly as a result of inflammation. Symptoms of golfer’s elbow may include difficulty bending the wrists, along with tenderness and pain in the hands and elbows.

Golf injury treatment varies in some respects depending on the location of the injury. Patients suffering from lower back pain as a result of a golf injury may be encouraged to undergo a low-impact aerobic exercise program, such as brisk walking, that gradually eases them back into golfing. Golfer’s elbow is generally treatable with conventional methods such as medication, icing, copious amounts of rest, and stretching and strengthening exercises.

At NYDNRehab we provide safe and non-invasive options for golf injury treatment. Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) is a revolutionary method of treatment that differs from conventional treatments in targeting the entire motor control system at its root, rather than confronting systems locally. This ensures faster and longer-lasting pain relief. Our physicians use DNS to rehabilitate the elbow by reducing pressure on the inflamed nerves and improving motor control in surrounding areas. We may also use extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) to relieve tissue. High-frequency shockwaves are sent into the skin at the site of injury, increasing the flow of blood and bringing oxygenation, which allows the body to repair itself. Located on Upper Manhattan’s East Side, NYDNRehab has over fifteen years of experience treating sports and orthopedic disorders.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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