Speak to us 24 hours a day on 0161 464 6399 

Speak to us 24 hours a day on 0161 464 6399 

Speak to us 24 hours a day on 0161 464 6399 

Golf Knee Injuries

Golfing knee injuries are quite common due to the twisting motion of the golf swing. It is because of this motion that knee injuries account for 10% of all golf injuries. Squatting down to line-up a put or remove the ball from the hole can also affect your symptoms.

Twisting and putting weight on your knee can cause a knee cartilage (meniscus) tear. 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 your 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.

Golf Knee Injuries

Golfing knee injuries are quite common due to the twisting motion of the golf swing. It is because of this motion that knee injuries account for 10% of all golf injuries. Squatting down to line-up a put or remove the ball from the hole can also affect your symptoms.

Twisting and putting weight on your knee can cause a knee cartilage (meniscus) tear. 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 your 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.

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How can I look after my knees when playing golf?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

How can I look after my knees when playing golf?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

Here are just a few reasons to choose My Knee Doc from some of our patients.

  • “I had a cartilage tear that was causing me pain and stopping me from doing things I wanted to do. After my arthroscopy I noticed an immediate improvement in my symptoms. I’m back on the golf course again!”

    Mr I J – Knee arthroscopy for a torn cartilage.

  • “I had been using sticks and a walking frame for years because of my knee arthritis. Now less than 2 months after my knee replacement surgery I can walk up and down stairs and to the shops and I don’t need my sticks anymore! I can’t thank Mr Stables enough.”

    Mrs M S –  6 weeks following knee replacement surgery  for osteoarthritis.

  • “I’m loving the fact I can walk without pain.”

    Mrs SK – following a knee arthroscopy and chondroplasty procedure for a damaged joint surface

  • “I’m well chuffed!  My knee is loads better; I can use the stairs at work now with no problems.”

    Mrs M D –following a successful knee arthroscopy & chondroplasty procedure to treat a cartilage tear and damaged joint surface.

  • “I was provided with a balanced prognosis of my condition with clear options on potential treatments. Was not pressured to make an automatic decision for surgery.”

    Patient seen by Mr Stables at Spire Cheshire Hospital

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