Although golf is considered to be a safe game and players are less prone to injuries or accidents, golfers often find themselves facing problems concerning their knees. Knee injuries such as a cartilage tear (also known as a meniscal tear) do occur in golfers and pre-existing knee problems can also be aggravated by the twisting motion of the swing and walking on uneven ground.
Consulting Manchester specialist knee doctor can help you get an early diagnosis and early treatment for your knee problem.
What is the Meniscus?
Between the shin bone and the thigh bone, is a crescent-shaped piece of specialised cartilage called the meniscus. The meniscus cushions the joint, whilst also guiding movement it also serves as a shock-absorber.
A sudden twisting movement of the knee can cause an injury. Your cartilage can tear a condition also known as a torn meniscus. A torn meniscus can also occur over a period of time due to wear and tear of the knee joint, also known as a degenerative meniscal tear.
In golfers, a torn meniscus often occurs when they move suddenly to hit the ball or if they squat or stand with sudden jerks.
How can I look after my knee?
Treating a torn meniscus may require surgery. If you are diagnosed with a meniscus injury, usually your specialist knee doctor will advise rest and perhaps medication to help ease your symptoms.
Physical therapy and knee strengthening exercises are also recommended under the supervision of a knee specialist.
If pain or swelling persists in your knee, it may be sensible to rest or stop playing for a short time.
How can I Prevent Meniscus Injury?
If you are a golfer, you should start your round with the right warm-up exercises to help prevent knee injuries. Basic exercises and stretching can help you reduce the risk of suffering meniscus injuries.
If you are already suffering from knee pain, you should consider avoiding hitting long-distance shots for a while. The more pressure on your knee joint, the higher are the chances of damage to the cartilage. Consider softer spikes, clubbing down and turning your leading foot outwards a little to reduce the stress on your knee joint.
Avoid walking the entire golf course as trekking around the entire 18-hole course may cause the knee pain to aggravate. Consider using a buggy.
An early assessment from a knee specialist
My Knee Doc is your private knee doctor in Manchester. You can call for all queries related to meniscus injuries in golfers. From diagnosis to treatment and therapy, we are a one-stop solution provider. Contact us or call 0161 464 6399 to schedule a consultation.