It’s not unusual for golfers to injure themselves. The golf swing requires using a different set of muscles, as we tell students in our golf instructions sessions, and wear and tear on these muscles often occur when practicing or playing golf, resulting in some serious injuries. Advances in medical science are now making it possible, however, to treat these injuries faster than ever. Unlike old approaches to treating injuries, these advances don’t just mask the pain, they heal the injured region—and fast. And the best part is that many of them do it without surgery.
The ultimate goal for doctors when you have an injury is to get injured person back to doing what they were doing before. Doctors also want to correct the problems the players have. The new advancements achieve both goals. Some are still being refined but are de-veloped enough to be used regularly by doctors. They’re great alternatives to pain-masking options like cortisone shots and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, oxaprozin, and loxoprofen. The new treatments get you back taking golf lessons or playing a round quickly.
New treatments can eliminate surgery. Below are descriptions of five new treatments that can help players chase after lower golf handicaps without surgery. We’ve summarized them below for you.
Classic IV Laser Therapy
Directed at the area where you feel the pain, this laser therapy treatment attacks the prob-lem without producing side affects. Cells in the body absorb the laser’s energy. This in turn stimulates the body to produce natural healing agents called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the injured area. This also increases blood flow to the injured area, helping to decrease inflammation. Laser therapy is effective for muscle and circulatory pain we of-ten see in players, such as rotator cuff injuries, low-back strains, and other musculoskeletal conditions—some of the more common injuries we see in golf lessons and on the course.
Platelets from your blood are first concentrated then inject back into the body at the problem area. The platelets contain healing ingredients called “growth factors.” If applied in large doses, they can speed recovery at a high success rate. This treatment is good for anyone with tendon or ligament damage, or tendinitis in the elbow and knees, another common injury we see in our golf instruction sessions. The treatment takes about 20-to 30 minutes. You may feel some soreness in the area treated along with some swelling for up to 48 hours.
This treatment is great for arthritic knees. The FDA also approves it. Extract from a rooster’s comb is injected into the knee to replace the natural fluid that serves as a lubricant and shock absorber for our knees. The procedure, which only lasts a few of minutes and help reduce knee pain, may result in some minor pain for a while. Possible side effects are bleeding and infection from the needle, but these are highly unusual occurrences. Pain relief may not occur for several weeks, but you can play golf as soon as you’re able.
This treatment is for people with arthritis of the back or neck. Doctors guide a needle transmitting radio frequencies to the medial branch nerve by X-Ray. The radio waves deaden the nerve—the transmitter of pain messages to the brain caused by the wear and tear of the spines joints. The treatment lasts six months to a year. You can begin playing golf after about three weeks to a month. The side effects are minimal, but the include muscle soreness, numbness, and sunburn-like tingling.
We are not recommending these treatments in any way. How you handle your medical problem is a decision that should be made by you with help from your doctor or doctors. We only council clients on how to chop strokes off their golf handicaps, not how to relive pain.
But these treatments are can eliminate the need for surgery and have you to playing golf again in as short a time as possible. They don’t just mask pain, like some treatments do, but help correct the problem by healing the injured region. They also can save you mon-ey—and no one will quibble about that.