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Shoulder Pain - Common Golf Injuries

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The following information appears courtesy of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Foster, and is reprinted with permission from his "Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries."

Shoulder pain includes:
• Rotator cuff tendonitis, tear, impingement
• A-C joint arthritis
• Instability, scapular lag

Symptoms:

Pain in the shoulder or upper arm at various phases of the golf swing, night pain, pain with overhead activities.

Treatments:

Among the possible treatments are: Rest, medication, therapy, cortisone, surgery.

Do:

• Maintain proper strength and flexibility of the shoulder and scapular muscles (of both shoulders).
• Slow down the backswing to reduce stress on the shoulders.
• Consider adopting a flatter swing plane to sweep the ball off the turf and reduce the change of shoulder-jolting divots.
More Info on Shoulder Pain
For in-depth information, see the Shoulder Pain entry on About.com's Orthopedics site.

About the Author
Larry Foster, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who calls himself "a bad golfer, but a good golf orthopedist." Dr. Foster's enthusiasm for golf has earned him the nickname "Dr. Divot." Dr. Foster trained at Columbia University and the Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. He is the author of "Dr. Divot's Guide to Golf Injuries."

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