In many ways, golf is the ideal sport for older men and women specifically because it’s less impactful than playing full-court basketball or other activities that involve running and quick changes of direction at high speeds. Yet, just because golf is considered lower impact doesn’t mean playing a few rounds can’t take a toll. Here are a few warning signs that could indicate you might be pushing a little too hard.
The most common physical problems that golfers have to deal with include overuse of the shoulder, overuse of the back while twisting during a swing, or overuse of the elbow that leads to tendinitis. Tendinitis of the elbow is often referred to as “golfer’s elbow.”
If discomfort develops in any of these areas, it’s important to pay attention to your body instead of ignoring your symptoms. Most of these aches and pains respond well to rest, ice, and mild over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. But when symptoms persist despite these efforts to take it easy and let your body recover you may want to consider scheduling a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon.
As with any health concern, early treatment is always better than continuing to play through the pain. Persistent discomfort that lasts more than a few days after a round of golf, or aches that don’t respond to rest and other conservative treatments, should be taken as possible warning signs that there may potentially be a more serious underlying health condition. If these symptoms sound all too familiar, take time to visit your orthopedic surgeon.