Golf Injuries & Mobility Assessments
Golf is an exciting sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages here in Wichita. But the sport can lead to injuries. Golf injuries can be from sudden, acute trauma or repetitive motion. Physical therapy can treat both injury types and help prevent future injuries. For all types of golf injuries and mobility assessments in Wichita, call Physical Therapy by Phoenix.
Most Common Golf Injuries
- Rotator cuff issues
- Elbow pain (tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow)
- Knee pain caused by the hip rotating inward during the swing
- Rotational injuries to the spine
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Neck pain due to hunching
Physical Therapy for Golfers – Why is it Recommended?
A mobility assessment by a physical therapist can identify areas of tightness or weakness that may lead to injury. Such an assessment is especially important for people who have played golf for years and have developed bad habits that put them at risk.
Following the assessment, our therapist will design specific exercises to help you
- Address muscular imbalances
- Increase abdominal and hip flexibility (for a better backswing)
- Improve motor control
- Enhance core strength
- Increase mobility of all joints
Physical Therapy by Phoenix’s treatment will provide a more efficient, safe golf swing and help prevent injuries. If you have suffered a golf injury and live in Wichita, our therapists will create a rehabilitation program to help you recover quickly and go back on the course pain-free.
How Does Physical Therapy Help Golfers Heal?
Acute golf injuries are treated with a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Your therapist may also use other modalities, such as electrical stimulation or therapeutic ultrasound, to control pain and swelling. Physical Therapy by Phoenix therapists will work with you for chronic injuries to develop a stretching and exercise routine that strengthens the muscles around the joints involved in your golf swing. The routine will help remove the joints’ strain and prevent further damage.
What Happens to Golfers After Physical Therapy?
The therapist will work with you until you have reached your goals. At that point, the therapist will provide a home exercise program to maintain the gains and prevent future injuries. You will be examined for periodic “tune-ups” to ensure you are staying on track.
Personalized Treatment Plan to Improve Golf Swing and Prevent Injury
Physical Therapy by Phoenix treatment plans may include some of the below techniques and exercises. Remember that every golfer is different, and your therapist will design a personalized program based on your specific needs.
- Foam Rolling: A self-massage technique that can help reduce muscular pain and improve flexibility.
- Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT): The hands-on treatment helps to re-educate muscles that were “turned off” due to injury.
- Active Release Technique (ART): It is a hands-on treatment that uses pressure and motion to release adhesions in muscles and connective tissue.
- Golf-Specific Exercises: We recommend exercises that simulate the golf swing and improve flexibility, strength, and coordination. We may include core strengthening exercises for a safe and efficient golf swing and plyometric exercises for better power and speed.
Physical Therapy by Phoenix is Here to Help
Whether you are seeking to improve your golf swing or prevent injuries, Physical Therapy by Phoenix in Wichita has a team of physical therapists who can help. We also provide chronic pain therapy in Wichita to let you enjoy the game pain-free. So, if you live in or around Wichita, connect with Physical Therapy by Phoenix and book an appointment today.