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Golf Knee Injuries

Golf knee injuries are common. The twisting motion of the swing, crouching to line up a putt and walking the course all put a strain on your knees.

Golfing knee injuries are common. The twisting motion of the golf swing, squatting down to line-up a put or remove the ball from the hole can put a lot of stress on your knees.

Knee cartilage (meniscus) tears are something I see a lot of. 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 need surgery.

If you suffer from arthritis you’ll know that playing a round of golf can be difficult. You may be able to manage your pain with rest, painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Treatments such as anti-inflammatory injections, joint lubricating injections, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections can help you control your symptoms.

Did you know that many people play golf after having had a new knee? Many see their handicap improve, although this is not guaranteed!

How can I look after my knees when playing golf?

Warm up

Warm up and stretch before playing to reduce the risk of injury.

Pick your shot

Avoid long distance shots when possible. To reduce the chance of sustaining a knee injury club down for shorter distance strokes, using short iron or pitching wedges.

Look at your shoes

Use soft spikes to decrease the forces across the knee.

Adjust your stance

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.

Avoid crouching

Use a ball retriever so you don’t have to squat down to retrieve the ball.

Control the swelling

Using ice for about 20 minutes between rounds, but never put the ice directly onto the skin.

If you’re suffering from knee pain – get your free copy of my guide to find out everything you need to know about how to manage your symptoms.

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Gareth Stables

Cheshire Orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Gareth Stables, is a fully UK trained Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knee surgery. Gareth has the highest qualifications possible for an orthopaedic surgeon in the UK, FRCS (T&O), and is on the GMC specialist register for Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery.

Gareth specialises in; keyhole or knee arthroscopy surgery, ligament reconstruction surgery, knee osteotomy and knee replacement surgery. He has over 15 years of experience in the field having qualified with a commendation in 1998 from the University of Liverpool Medical School.

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