Appointments Available at Our Germantown & Falls Church Locations!
Most people may believe that golf is a low-impact sport, but golf injuries affect as many as 15-20% of golfers each year. Though the majority of golf injuries are a result of overuse, others can be traumatic and long-lasting. If you’re a professional or recreational golfer who wants to decrease pain and enhance athletic performance, get in touch with the expert manual physical therapists at OMT Specialists in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia area.
If you’re a golfer in need of a personalized physical therapy treatment plan, contact OMT Specialists by calling 240-454-3806 or contacting us online today! We have offices in Germantown, MD (Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm), and Falls Church, VA (by appointment only).
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certification
The owner and founder of OMT Specialists, Dr. J. Logan Cooper, recently completed his Level 3 Medical Certification—the highest certification level available—through the Titleist Performance Institute. To put that into perspective, of the top 25 golfers in the world, 20 of them have a Medical Level 3 TPI professional on their team.
TPI is an educational organization that studies how the human body affects a golf player’s swing. These professionals believe that the health and fitness of the golfer’s body are paramount to their skill and efficiency. Since 2003, they’ve worked with thousands of golfers, from professional athletes to casual weekend players. In addition to studying how the body’s health can affect swing efficiency, TPI has also studied how physical limitations can lead to potential injury. These studies have helped increase athletic performance while maintaining optimal bodily health.
To read more about our certifications, click here.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Sustained by Golfers?
Here are some of the most common golf-related injuries:
- Low back pain/herniated disc – Approximately 75-85% of Americans experience some form of back pain during their lifetime, and golfers make up a large number of this percentage. Considering the repetitive twisting motion required to swing a golf club, it’s no surprise that back pain would be one of the most common injuries resulting from playing golf. Various structures in the back—including discs, muscles, ligaments, and the spine—can be negatively affected by repetitive motion, especially when involving an improper golf swing.
- Tendinitis (otherwise known as “golfer’s elbow”) – While “tennis elbow” refers to injury to the outer tendon, “golfer’s elbow” refers to an injury of the inner tendon. Golfers can actually face pain from both since their tight grip and repetitive swinging motion can cause inflammation in different tendons in the elbow. Improper swinging technique and age are two of the most significant contributors to this injury.
- Plantar fasciitis – This type of heel pain is inflammation that typically results from walking around the golf course with poor footwear. If a golfer’s shoes do not offer enough support, the player is far more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.
- Rotator cuff tear/shoulder pain – The rotator cuff is one of the main muscles used during a golf swing, making it prone to inflammation (a symptom of tendinitis), damage, and even gradual tearing. If a golfer has an improper swing that puts excessive stress on the shoulders, these potential symptoms are more likely.
- Knee pain – Due to the force and strain placed on the knee for stability while playing golf, knee pain is a common injury among golfers. If the force placed on the knee is too intense, torn ligaments can occur. Players with arthritis are particularly vulnerable to knee pain flare-ups.
- Wrist injury – Tendinitis is also a problem when it comes to a golfer’s wrists. Swinging the golf club powerfully enough to project the ball puts a lot of strain on the wrist over time, meaning inflammation and pain upon impact are generally inevitable.
- Hand/finger injury – Swinging a golf club at a high speed makes a player’s hand more prone to hand and finger injury at the moment of impact. Hitting golf balls off of a proper surface (not a hard mat) and perfecting grip are ways to limit the chance of inflammation, broken bones, and other related injuries.
- Neck pain – As golfers work on their swing technique and adjust to the twisting motion, neck pain can occur in the form of tightness, spasms, or strains.
- Foot/ankle injury – Although the arms and hands seem to play the biggest part in a golf swing, all of the player’s power, balance, and stability are generated by their feet. Sprains, tendinitis, and blisters are common sources of pain for golfers as a result of the heavy foot pressure resulting from pushing against the ground. Proper swing technique and shoes that fit well are essential to avoid these sources of discomfort.
- Hip injury – The twisting movement associated with swinging a golf club put a significant strain on the hips. These rotational forces can lead to tears—similar to the rotator cuff tears in the shoulder mentioned above—and strains in both the groin and lower back.
Schedule Physical Therapy for Golfers in MD, DC & Northern VA
At OMT Specialists, we believe that manual physical therapy is an avenue to healing. With our hands-on, one-on-one approach to physical therapy, we guarantee that you will achieve a level of comfort that you may have never experienced in your life. Due to the fact that we believe that our patients are a whole person—not just a diagnosis or a body part to fix—we offer customized, personalized treatment plans to help you along your journey to recovery.
Our physical therapists work based off of the notion that all of the parts of the body are connected; healing isn’t about targeting one body part, but rather making sure all of the parts are working together as seamlessly as possible. This holistic approach to physical therapy enables you to create a plan that’s tailor-made for your needs and goals. Not only will we help you eliminate your pain related to golfing, but we will also make sure your whole body is in the healthiest shape it can be for future adventures.
To discover how it feels to have relief from your aches and pains associated with playing golf, contact us online or call 240-454-3806 to schedule an appointment with a manual physical therapist at OMT Specialists today!
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Germantown, MD 20874
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2841 Hartland Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
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