For golfers who have struggled with hip pain or had a hip replacement, the idea of returning to the green can be both exciting and challenging. In this blog, we’ll explore ways to return to the course safely following a hip replacement.
Understanding the Need for Hip Replacements:
Hip replacements become a necessity for many due to conditions like osteoarthritis, bone spurs, or injury. The pain and limited mobility that comes with these issues can hinder the joy of activities, including the beloved game of golf. Oftentimes, there can be immediate relief directly after surgery. While not everyone with these conditions requires surgery, it is best to consult with your physician or orthopedic surgeon to determine if this is the route for you.
Before stepping back onto the course, patients must go through a process of rehabilitation and recovery. Strengthening exercises and physical therapy are crucial for restoring strength and flexibility. However, due to insurance purposes, many physical therapy clinics are only able to rehabilitate individuals back to the point of being able to return to daily activities without limitations (~12-16 weeks after surgery). While many are able to resume normal daily activities at this point, most are not ready to return to the course.
Golf Physical Therapy:
Returning to playing golf will require additional training and rehab to ensure the body can handle the forceful nature of the swing and other activities performed during a golf round. To ensure maximum benefit, locate a golf physical therapist in your area to examine your swing, mobility, and strength to establish a plan of action and safely return to golf.
Working with a golf physical therapist after your post-operative rehabilitation will provide many benefits, including safely easing back into the game, gradually increasing training intensity, and discussing tips for managing potential discomfort during the round, such as proper warm-up routines. Listening to the body and respecting its limits during this period is crucial for a successful return.
In the realm of hip replacements and golf, the journey from surgery to swinging pain-free might seem daunting. However, by understanding the process of rehabilitation and remaining patient, you can certainly return to the course and begin playing at a higher level than you were prior to surgery.
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