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Physical Therapy for Golf in Tucson
Physical Therapy for golf is something that has been happening for years behind the scenes. With players like Tiger Woods and others, in the past decade the sport of golf has become associated with a higher level of fitness and physical expectation than ever before. On the Tour, many golfers now have their own personal Physical Therapist to help them avoid injury and improve their physical performance on and off the course.
Golf is an extremely popular sport- particularly here in
Tucson. Men, women, and children of all ages can be seen out on the greens at
many of the local courses. Popularity continues to grow. With the rise in numbers
of people playing golf, we have seen a rise in golf related injuries. Like any
sport, the most important piece of equipment is the human body. Many think it's
that new $2,000 driver! The best clubs in the world cannot compensate for a
poorly tuned body—and that's where a Physical Therapist comes in to help. Physical Therapy for Golf is something you should consider if you have any of the following:
Common Injuries in Golf
Things That May Increase Injury Risk
Each golfer is an individual with his or her own intrinsic risk factors. Many people have heard others say "golf is bad for your back". A Physical Therapist would redirect that statement to say "A poorly conditioned back is not good for golf"! So the body must be ready for the high demands that the golf swing can put on the body.
If a marathon runner trained for the marathon by only running
a mile every day, most people would say they were crazy to think they would be
able to do a marathon. As a golfer, if you are not conditioning your body for
the demands of the golf swing, in a way it is the same thing. Golf is a repetitive
sport that requires adequate conditioning and flexibility to do it right. There
are certain things Physical Therapists look for to make sure a golfer is in
good condition to perform the golf swing.Physical Therapy for golf in Tucson may address the following:
Common physical risk factors for golf injuries include (the body):
Common risk factors outside the body:
Risk of injury is not limited to the problems in the body, but can also be linked to factors that are outside the body.
· Environmental conditions. Playing on a course that has a lot of uneven terrain or one that is poorly maintained can put a player at risk for spraining an ankle or other injury
· Weather. In the Southwest high levels of heat can predispose a golfer to a heat related illness like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It's important to stay hydrated and cool especially in the summer heat. Having an early tee time can help reduce risk of a heat related condition.
· Equipment. Poorly fit clubs, or clubs that are damaged can put the athlete at risk. (Golfers feel free to use this as evidence that you need that next new $2,000 driver!)
· Other factors- Hitting the ground with a club, injuries from golf carts and being hit by an errant ball are all real possibilities while you are out there. Stay alert and be especially careful if you are taking part in any alcohol consumption while you are driving the golf cart!
Other ways to avoid injury include:
Do you have any of these?
A Physical Therapist can help you
find the problems in your body that may be causing these conditions. Mention
this article to Bodycentral Physical Therapy schedulers and you can receive a
free consult with one of the Doctors of Physical Therapy to see what we can do
to help. Visit www.Bodycentralpt.net for more information on how Physical Therapy can help you.
1) Low Back Pain & Sciatica - Studies show that the faster you get into Physical Therapy after you injure your back, the better chance you have to completely eliminate the pain. Don't worry... if you have back pain that has been around for years, there is a good chance your PT can help you with that too. Hands-on therapy and specific exercises for your problem are the best treatment for back and sciatica issues. Exercise is medicine....so be careful if you do just ANY back exercises. They should be tailored to your body and your specific problem....stay off the internet and get into a PT that can evaluate you and get it handled.
2) Arthritis Pain- Most of us over the age of 30 have some wear and tear in our joints that can cause stiffness, limited motion, and pain. These issues left alone can slowly interfere with your activity level, and your health condition can head down a slippery slope. Exercise is important to keep you moving and keep you healthy. Ask your Physical Therapist what exercise and what hands on techniques will help your specific problem.
3) Foot Pain & Plantar Fasciitis- If you say "Oh, my aching feet" or something along those lines when you take a step out of bed in the morning, you can benefit from some Physical Therapy. Pain in the feet or heels first thing in the morning is a sign of Plantar Fasciitis and ask anyone that has experienced it--- it is terrible! Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone from long distance runners to the armchair quarterback. Your PT will evaluate the joints in your feet, your flexibility and strength, and will take a look at your joint mechanics to find out the cause of your problem. This can take a while to completely eliminate, but there is hope!
4) Urinary Incontinence- Do you leak urine when you sneeze or laugh? Do you have to stop multiple times on the way to Phoenix to go to the bathroom? Do you have to get up multiple times at night to urinate? Well you don't have to live with these issues. Believe it or not, this issue is not considered a "normal" part of aging! Specialized Physical Therapists trained in "Pelvic Floor Therapy" can help you lessen or resolve these issues. Treatment includes a full evaluation, exercises, and specialized surface biofeedback- to make sure you are using and strengthening the right muscles. This is a lot more complicated and thorough than doing "Kegel's Exercises". Most people see results within 4-6 wks of starting therapy.
5) Neck Pain, Headaches and Jaw Pain- Working a desk job can put you in a terrible posture for many hours in a day. Abnormal postures lead to stress and strain in the muscles of the neck and upper back. This can lead to neck pain, headaches and jaw pain or temporomandibular joint problems. Other causes of neck pain and headaches may be from whiplash from a car accident. Physical Therapists are experts at soft tissue and joint problems and can help alleviate neck pain, headaches and jaw pain. They will teach you daily habits and exercises to keep you healthy for the long haul.
6) Injury and Post Surgery- Many people are aware that Physical Therapists can help after traumatic injuries and after surgery. What they don't know is that Physical Therapy is also very helpful when you are preparing to have surgery. Studies have shown that performing specific exercises to improve strength and flexibility have helped patients having total knee replacements, ACL surgeries, hip surgeries and more recover with improved outcomes vs no exercise at all. Get help from a PT before or after any surgery- to get your energy level, strength, flexibility and function back quickly.
7) Sports Injury Prevention- We know a lot more today about injury prevention measures than we ever did before. Physical Therapists help athletes and entire teams work on strength, mobility, and agility needs specific to their bodies and to the sport. Athletes of all ages and levels of performance can benefit from this type of Physical Therapy.
8) Balance & Fall Prevention- As we age we lose balance over time and may become susceptible to falling. Falls are one of the leading causes of injury and disability in the aging population, and in many cases can be prevented. Do you have to really concentrate when you step down off a curb? Have you fallen in the past year and sustained an injury? Have you fallen more than once in the last year? Balance can be trained and improved at any age. Prevention is the key when it comes to balance- see a Physical Therapist who can evaluate your balance and work with you to improve!
9) Adolescent Growth Related Pains- "Growing Pains" can occur when long bones grow faster than the soft tissues in the body. This can be a fleeting thing in some youngsters, but in others it can cause some real loss of function. A Physical Therapists can help with some of these conditions and can help alleviate the pain and loss of function that occurs. A Physical Therapist can help with conditions like Osgood Schlatter Disease, Sever's Aphophysitis, Knee pain, and conditions like scoliosis and kyphosis. Another problem experienced is generalized low back pain. This can be a result of carrying a huge backpack full of books combined with sitting in a slumped position in a school desk all day. A Physical Therapist can help tackle these problems.
10) Pregnancy Related Pain- If you have had back pain during pregnancy, you know how terrible this can be. A Women's Health Physical Therapist is an expert at dealing with all pregancy related pain- from neck and upper back pain to low back pain and sciatica. You don't have to suffer through pregnancy as many of these problems can be resolved or helped by a Physical Therapist specially trained in Women's Health. Ask your healthcare provider to send you to a Women's Health PT for relief!
For more information on how Physical Therapy can help you, visit www.BodycentralPT.net or Call (520)325-4002 for a free consultation.
Bodycentral is excited to announce a partnership with FC Tucson for the treatment of their soccer athletes. FC Tucson is bringing elite level soccer to Tucson, and those athletes require elite level care.
Bodycentral will be providing on-field coverage at games as well as clinical treatment on-site at the FC Tucson training room. Athletes will also have the opportunity for recovery and treatment sessions at the Bodycentral Ultimate Sports Asylum location.
"We recruit our Physical Therapists from all over the United States. The better our staff, the better we can support the Tucson community." Jennifer Allen, co-founder and COO reported. "We have an opportunity to support the growing soccer movement, and where better to partner than with FC Tucson"
Bodycentral will also be providing soccer-related education information for the FC Tucson website. The weekly blog will include topics on sports injury prevention, injury treatment, and sports performance enhancement topics.
For more information about FC Tucson and soccer, visit FCTucson.com