Shoulder pain: Shoulder pain in golfers is very common.

Shoulder pain: Shoulder pain in golfers is very common.

Shoulder pain caused by arthritis, impingement syndrome, rotator cuff tears, AC joint problems, referred pain from the neck are all common problems that we can identify and help with at the Optimal Swing Clinic

Your shoulder is very special

The shoulder joint is very mobile and in your life and your golf it frequently has to undergo heavy loading as we lift, carry, play golf or simply engage in repetitive tasks like vacuuming the floor at home. 

The fact that the shoulder needs to be able to cope with these demands and all 4 joints at the shoulder need to be working properly in order for the shoulder to move effectively. 

Further to this, mobility in the neck and upper back is also important for normal shoulder joint motion. 

Common conditions we see:

  • Impingement syndromes / Frozen Shoulder
  • Arthritis (OA, Wear and Tear)
  • AC joint problems
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Scapular winging / instability 
  • Tendinopathy 

We can help you with conditions that have resulted in loss of movement and pain from the shoulder (Adhesive capsulitis, ‘Frozen Shoulder’, wear and tear, impingement syndrome etc)  and treatment at the Optimal Swing Clinic is often aimed at improving motion and reducing pain as well as improving loss of function in areas that also affect the shoulder.

Effective treatment and identification of any contributing factors is available at the Optimal Swing Clinic, where needed MRI or X-ray may be recommended, but usually a thorough clinical assessment is all that is required to reach a diagnosis and to start you on the pathway towards recovery. 

Arm pain from conditions like ‘Tennis Elbow’ and ‘Golfer’s elbow’ are also treated effectively at the OSC.

What have our Clients have been saying?

"My shoulder is 95% better, and I'm back playing golf after months out." - Jackie Boyes

"After 3 shoulder operations, after seeing Ben at the Optimal Swing Clinic I am feeling great, pain free and am playing golf again! Thank you guys" - Stuart Smith

If you are reading this with shoulder pain here are some general hints and tips

If the onset was WITH trauma - report to your GP, you may need an MRI or X-Ray. If the pain is severe or you have sudden limited range of motion or lots of swelling then go to A+E.

Can you raise your arm above shoulder height without pain? 

Commonly people with shoulder pain cannot dress easily or raise their arm through it's usual range of motion. In golfers, R shoulder pain often leads to limitation making an effective back swing or can give sharp pain on impact, whereas L sided shoulder pain often leads to problems with these things and on the follow through. 

If you find that you have a problem with these things then you you shoulder contact us. 

Ice is better than heat 

Generally speaking, ice is better for shoulder pain than heat. However, we see more patients using heat for pain than ice. This is usually a mistake (but don't worry if you are using heat then you are with the vast majority of people who have also made the same mistake), ice will tend to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, whereas heat tends to be pro-inflammatory and will result in increased pain over time (even if it feels good while it's applied!).

New shoulder pain?

If the onset is without trauma (i.e. you have not had an accident): Rest it well! Ice it well (20 mins on, 20 mins off, 20 mins on, 2-3 x a day), if it doesn't settle the call us for a consultation. 


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