It’s National Golf Month! A time when seasoned golfers are encouraged to share their experience and bring new golfers to the greens.
Even if you are suffering with joint pain or osteoarthritis, the physical benefits of golf, such as improved strength, balance and coordination, and better range of motion, make it worth staying in the game with a few simple adjustments.
Here are some tips for staying in the game if you’ve been experiencing joint pain.
Stretch before golfing.
Everyone needs a reminder! It only takes a few minutes of your time and the benefits can make a world of a difference in not only your game but with injury and pain prevention. A few stretches to get you started:
- Arm Circles
- Wrist Circles
- Trunk Twists
- Slow Swings
Exercise a few times a week.
Even if only for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help to prevent injury when you do participate in physical activities and sports. More frequency throughout the week versus one or two long grueling workouts on the weekend is your best choice in the long run.
Meaning self-aware of your anatomy, weight, past injuries and family history, which can be osteoarthritis risk factors. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and if you walk the golf course, you will benefit your health even more. That is why golf is one of the exercises that is recommended for someone with osteoarthritis!
After golfing, if you think you might have over done it, use ice. If you know the area swells or is oftentimes stiff, use heat.
If you are still in pain for more than 1 hour after playing, then you need to consult your physician or physical therapist. Work with them to see if there are ways to adjust your game.
Finally, have fun! The sport is meant to be enjoyed. Know when to stop or when to modify if it is no longer enjoyable and the pain becomes distracting.