Swinging a golf club may look easy, but it can actually lead to a host of injuries, many of which may require treatment. Not surprisingly, thanks to the pressure a golf swing exerts, the lower back is the area that sustains the greatest number of reported injuries each year. Coming in a close second, however, is the elbow, which is subject to two types of problems, medial epicondylitis, also known as "golfer's elbow," and lateral epicondylitis, also called "tennis elbow." With golfer's elbow, pain manifests itself on the inside of the upper arm near the elbow, whereas with tennis elbow, the pain is on the outside of the upper arm. Both of these conditions are usually caused by chronic overuse and not traumatic injury, and are possibly the result of gripping the club incorrectly.
Injured less frequently than the elbow, the shoulder is still susceptible to certain ailments because of the force exerted on its muscles and tendons. There are a number of conditions that affect the shoulder, with rotator-cuff injuries being the most common. As with the elbow, golf-related shoulder injuries are usually the result of chronic overuse.
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- Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
- Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Rotator-cuff tear
- Rotator-cuff tendonitis
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Dislocated shoulder