Grundy County Memorial Hospital | Live Well | Spring 2022

Five common golf injuries and how physical therapy can help Golf season is in full swing! While golfing is a great hobby and way to stay active, it can be frustrating to play through pain. Whether it’s shoulder pain, back pain or something else, it’s important to identify the source of your pain and correct your technique to prevent further injury. Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) Physical Therapist Jeremy Fehrmann, DPT, has a Medical Professional certification from the Titleist Performance Institute. A former collegiate golfer, he specializes in assessing golf-related injuries and can develop an individualized exercise and therapy plan to help golfers get back to their game, pain-free. Here he identifies five common golf injuries and how correcting your golf swing can help prevent them or help them improve. 1 Back pain. Swinging a golf club improperly, plus spending significant time in a bent-over stance, can cause strain on the back for many golfers. 2 Tendonitis in the elbow. Frequently referred to as golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, this condition occurs when there is irritation and inflammation of the tendon tissue. Poor swing mechanics can increase stress on the tendon, causing the tendonitis to occur. 3 Knee pain. The strain placed on the knees when stabilizing the legs during a golf swing can cause pain. Uneven ground on the course can also lead to discomfort in the knees and ankles. 4 Rotator cuff. Pain due to a rotator cuff injury often occurs during the golf swing or following play due to improper golf swing characteristics and its effects on the shoulder. 5 Wrist injuries. A lot of strain is placed on the wrist during a golf swing—often at the top of the backswing and at the moment you connect with the ball. Many problems stem from overuse or lack of stretching. Schedule an assessment with Fehrmann today by calling GCMH Physical Therapy at 319-824-5097. Sources: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Safe Kids Worldwide; U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Know the signs of anaphylaxis. This is a potentially deadly allergic reaction. The most common triggers are foods, insect stings, medications and latex. Signs and symptoms may include a red rash (usually itchy) with hives or welts; swelling in the throat or other areas of the body; wheezing; and trouble breathing or swallowing. Anaphylaxis requires immediate medical attention, including an injection of the drug epinephrine and a trip to the hospital emergency department. Watch out for heatstroke. Signs and symptoms of this medical emergency include a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher; hot, red, dry or damp skin; a rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. Call 911 immediately. Move the person to a cooler environment, and try to bring his or her temperature down with cool cloths or a bath. Do not give the person fluids. Make helmets a priority for you and your kiddos when riding bikes, horses or skateboards or even while playing ball. Have a safe summer Although it’s easy to be casual about many things in the summer, it’s not good to be casual about safety. Here are some suggestions on how to keep you and your family safe: The experienced team of traumatrained physicians, advanced practice providers, and nurses in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department is available 24/7/365.