GOLFING AFTER JOINT REPLACEMENT

Bob Forman, MS Exercise Physiology
Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

Joint replacement surgery (hip and knee replacement) has been on the rise for some time now.  It is considered the most effective intervention for severe arthritis, which is one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries.  For the avid golfer, joint replacement can be a frightening thought.

knee arthritisAccording to the Arthritis Foundation, more women suffer from arthritis than men and more than 21 million Americans will limit their activity because of the condition.  The goals for joint replacement surgery are to reduce the pain and disability often caused by arthritis inflammation, while restoring near-normal motion.

That’s good news for golfers who have limited their play or quit the game due to pain and/or poor playing performance that has resulted from swing changes due to their arthritis.  According to a medical literature survey, all professional golfers who have gone through a hip replacement procedure have returned to play and approximately 90% of amateurs have returned reporting no hip pain or less pain. 

A key factor that has given rise to joint replacement is obesity.  Obese people are 33x more likely to have the surgery due to the added weight/stress to the joints.  A good way to avoid the knife is to maintain a healthy weight and strengthen the muscles that surround and protect the joints.  As a matter of fact, losing weight prior to joint replacement is often times recommended to improve recovery.

Playing golf should not increase the risk for joint replacement if the golfer’s body is in balance and he or she has normal anatomy.  Yet another great reason to have a golf physical assessment done to identify the anatomical deficiencies so that they can be corrected with proper exercise.  In doing so, you reduce the potential for joint damage.

Knee replacement, up until now, seems to produce more soreness in the surrounding muscles than hip replacement.  It also can result in scar tissue formation in a small percentage of patients.  These outcomes can make rehab after surgery more difficult.  Newer techniques, however, currently being developed may eradicate this as the need to cut through muscle is eliminated.

Hip replacement generally is not as difficult.  Stretching and strengthening of the abductors will ward off the feeling of leg length discrepancy usually felt after surgery.  This will allow for better range of motion and rotation of the hip once swinging a golf club is resumed.    

Make no mistake, rehab after a joint replacement procedure is critical.  The more you move the joint, the better the long-term outcome.  Certain contraindications should also be followed like not crossing your legs or excessive bending of the hip in the first 6 weeks or so for hip procedures.  For the knee, keep it straight when resting and frequently work on bending the knee as often as possible.  A good goal is to achieve 110 to 120 degrees of flexion in the affected knee within the first 3 months (105 degrees is required to do most functional activities).  Your surgeon and physical therapist will guide you along the way and instruct what you should and shouldn’t do.

Once you’ve completed PT, it’s important to continue a home program.  This also is a very good time to hook-up with a certified Golf Fitness Instructor who can progress the workout and help with golf-specific training. 

What’s absolutely essential is the identifying and correcting of the muscle deficiencies and bad swing mechanics that have developed prior to surgery as a result of the pain and lack of mobility.  One swing consequence, for example, identified from target side hip replacement surgery is the tendency for the golfer to hang back while in the downswing phase.  Not making a good weight-shift onto the front leg will influence swing path and ball contact. 

Another is a limited hip turn at impact.  This generally develops as a result of the limited rotation due to pain and/or inflammation from the arthritis.  Tightness in the internal hip rotators is also a post surgery concern.         

golf fitnessIt’s important to reiterate that golfers who go through joint replacement work with a certified Golf Fitness Instructor to ensure that the proper muscles are being addressed and appropriate drills are being offered to rewire the brain-body connection.  This is crucial for returning back to good form and better ball striking.  This will also reduce the potential for any further damage that may occur to the musculoskeletal system. 

Time frames for getting back to playing golf will vary by individual, but a review of the literature suggests a 3 to 6-month time period.  Some even sooner.  The short game, chipping and putting, can usually be started within 2 months.  You want to make sure to confer with your physician/surgeon as to your specific timeline.           

Some good tips for golfers who have gone through joint replacement:

-       open your stance to minimize rotation
-       don’t wear shoes with spikes as they will fix your stance and cause more twisting
-       to reduce the wear and tear of the artificial joint, ride a cart more often.  If you decide to walk, use a pull cart vs. carrying so as not to place extra weight on the joints.
-       be mindful of the conditions as wet grass from rain or dew may increase the potential for slipping or falling

There’s no need to hang up the clubs due to the pain and dysfunction from arthritis.  Joint replacement has come a long way and will continue to evolve, making it a viable option for golfers in helping them get back out on the golf course. 

Post operative rehab is crucial and should be followed to the letter.  Also essential is the ability to identify and correct the anatomical deficiencies and bad swing habits that have developed due to the discomfort and lack of mobility prior to the procedure.  These steps will ensure even a better return to the game.   

Footnotes
-   I had the pleasure of speaking with a prominent joint replacement surgeon for this article who, with his team, performs over 600 procedures a year
-   Jack Nicklaus took 3 months to get back golfing after his hip replacement.
-   The information in this article should not replace any information or guidance given by your physician/surgeon      

Заодно сможет "скачать книгу мумий тролль"не принимать ванну.

Вы не должны о нем так говорить, "скачать ключ для доктор веб"надула губки мисс Блейз.

Каким-то "антивирусы касперского ключ скачать"непостижимым образом по всей стране даже дети этих неуклюжих "песня о школе скачать"и уродливых людей с легкостью "игры винкс новые превращения"умели обращаться с цифровыми шифрами телефонов и "скачать программу сжатия для видео"без труда связывались с другими столь же неуклюжими и уродливыми людьми.

Я имела в виду в сексуальном смысле.

Когда же отряд "наталья орейро скачать альбом"двинулся вперед, "бесплатные андроид на скачать"отставной капитан держался в задних рядах, и никто не обращал на него внимания.

Как мы там весело жили, Билликен!

Ее можно видеть, только глядя на всадника слева, и то не всегда, так как иногда голову прикрывает край серапе.

Они же стоят вдвое больше, пробормотал другой.

Над судами кружились самолеты военно-морской авиации, всем своим видом давая "Автоматизация холодильного оборудования" понять населению острова, что могут нанести бомбовый удар в любой момент, но что пока момент для этого не наступил.

разочарованно спросил Крименко.

Она и не знала, что тело может себя так хорошо чувствовать.

Вряд ли мне придется идти "Аудит поступления основных средств" далеко на заре дикого индюка у реки подстрелить нетрудно.

Машина только что тронулась; он метнулся за "Бридж и другие азартные карточные игры" ней, распахнул дверцу и без единого "Египтолог" слова плюхнулся на сиденье.

Когда мы пересекали "Худеем день за днем" остров, Бартелми заметил, что Димс был самым способным подводником из "Положение о службе в органах внутренних дел РФ Присяга..." всех, кого он знал.

Искореженные звенья хлестнули "Ловушка страсти" по дороге, и на асфальте, словно кто-то несколько "Теория вероятностей и мат. статистика Учебник" раз энергично копнул лопатой, появилась внушительных размеров воронка.

Через десять "максимальная сумма потребительского кредита" минут он уже спал.

Правили ими иракские рыбаки, как "Руководство для ловцов сновидений" свои пять пальцев знавшие русло Евфрата.

Подгоняемый холодным "Г12 Овен Самый полный гороскоп" ветром, он пробирался сквозь траву, спокойно взирая на те "Моряк которого разлюбило море" уголки острова, которые так хорошо изучил за последние дни.

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