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Getting Athletes Back on Course

Allegheny Sports Medicine:  Getting Athletes Back on Course

Physicians from Allegheny Sports Medicine discuss common golf injuries and the appropriate treatments, as well as ways to stay healthy as an athlete.

 

Common Golf Injuries

Even though golf is a non-contact support, injuries can still happen. Allegheny General Hospital orthopaedic surgeons Dennis Phillips, MD and Gregory Altman, MD discuss common golf injuries. A golf swing gives rotation around your lumbar spine, which can cause muscle strains and herniated discs. Injuries due to overuse, such as tendonitis and rotator cuff problems, are also common.

Equipment Size

It is important to make sure you use the appropriate, properly sized equipment when playing golf. Allegheny Sports Medicine physicians Edward Snell, MD and Dennis Phillips, MD explain that using an improperly sized club can cause knee, ankle, shoulder or lower back injuries.

 

What to Do When You Feel Pain

Physicians Gregory Altman, MD, Edward Snell, MD and Darren Frank, MD explain how to respond to pain from an injury, including use of ice, anti-inflammatory medication and/or bracing. It is important to seek treatment from a physician if your pain persists.

Treating Injuries with Cold vs. Heat

Allegheny General Hospital orthopaedic surgeons Darren Frank, MD and Gregory Altman, MD explain which injuries are best addressed with cold treatment and heat treatment and how to know the difference.

 

Nutrition and Hydration

Allegheny Sports Medicine physicians Edward Snell, MD, Darren Frank, MD and Dennis Phillips, MD explain the important of staying hydrated to replenish water lost from sweat and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Tips include avoiding alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate, and eating healthy snacks on the course such as nuts and berries.

Proper Golf Warm-Up

Orthopaedic surgeon Darren Frank, MD discusses the importance of adequate stretching prior to a golf game. Shoulders are of particular concern, since they take a great deal of strain during a golf swing.

Learn more valuable tips for warming-up here.

 

 Treating Golf Injuries

Physicians from Allegheny Sports Medicine weigh in on treatment options for golf injuries, including stretching, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.

   

 

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