It’s a popular sport here in Southwest Florida, but health experts say it’s also one of the most common reasons patients visit a physical therapist. “We’re working with different golfers in the community, and we’re working on mobility and injury prevention and extending people’s careers in being able to play golf longer into their years,” said Morgan Lemos, a physical therapist with Lee Health.
Countless patients come in complaining of back pain and shoulder pain. “It’s because they start increasing the amount of time that they’re playing and being active, but they are not active in an exercise regimen,” said Lemos.
Golf is an active sport that uses the entire body from the ankles to the cervical spine. Using a special screening, from the Titlist Performance Institute, Lee Health physical therapists can evaluate the patient to determine where the problem is and what treatment could help to improve their swing.
“We see where they have a dysfunction of the body, and we work with segments that are stable versus mobile. We see that there is something that’s not working, so other parts of the body compensate, that’s where we start to see some of the injuries occur,” she explained.
She works with patients on what to do to maintain a functional swing throughout their game. “We’re tying in what’s needed for the backswing, the downswing, the follow through, from a physical standpoint with aspects of the game,” said Lemos.
Specific stretches and strengthening techniques can help patients prevent future golf-related injuries. “We’re finding that it’s really helping them get back on the course sooner,” she said.
Preventing pain and improving your time on the course.
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