Golfing knee injuries are quite common due to the twisting motion of the golf swing. It is because of this motion that knee injuries count for 10% of all golf injuries. Squatting down to line-up a put or remove the ball from the hole can also contribute to the development of symptoms.
Twisting and putting weight on the knee can cause a knee cartilage (meniscus) tear. The cartilage naturally weakens as we age so you may be unaware you have sustained an injury until symptoms develop. A minor tear can usually be managed with painkillers and physiotherapy.
A more severe injury, where you experience a locking sensation, or are unable to straighten the knee may require surgery, especially if you also experience pain and problems with mobility.
There are two types of surgery to treat this. A partial meniscectomy removes the torn part of the meniscus. The other option is a meniscal repair, which anchors and holds the torn cartilage together while it heals. Both of these operations can usually be performed with “key-hole” surgery (knee arthroscopy).
If you have had meniscal surgery before or have been treated for a meniscal injury playing golf can aggravate your condition and even lead to premature arthritis. You should consider reducing the intensity of your play or do targeted exercises before returning to the game.
Tips for Golfers with a Cartilage Injury:
Warm up and stretch before playing to reduce the risk of injury.
Avoid long distance shots when possible. To educe the chance of sustaining a knee injury club down for shorter distance strokes, using short iron or pitching wedges.
Use soft spikes to decrease the forces across the knee.
Rotate your lead leg out to the side at about 20-40 degrees during set-up to reduce the amount of twist and pressure on the knee during the swing.
Use a ball retriever so you don’t have to squat down to retrieve the ball.
Using ice for about 20 minutes between rounds, but never put the ice directly onto the skin.
If you are having problems with your knee that are affecting your game call 0161 4646399 today to arrange a consultation with Mr Gareth Stables.
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