A Golfer with Shoulder Problems
A Golfer with Shoulder Problems. Golfers are prone to shoulder and elbow pain. In golf, it is most commonly the inner aspect of the elbow. In tennis, it is the outside of the elbow which is commonly referred to as tennis elbow. The inner aspect of the elbow is referred to commonly as golfers elbow. The great rotation of the arm that occurs with the golf swing makes shoulder problems in golf common. Impingement syndrome, rotator cuff disorders, labral rears as well as underlying shoulder arthritis all contribute to golf shoulder pain. Additionally, prior sports injuries are common as golf is a frequent leisure active of not just recreational athletes, but prior professional athletes from various sports take up golf.
Elite athletes such as tennis stars and MLB pitchers all may have prior shoulder problems which may impact their participation in golf. Prior to surgery to the shoulder, all may become aggravated by the mechanics of the golf swing. The option of stem cell therapy may be of benefit for some types of shoulder problems. As golf requires repetitive stress to the shoulder joint ongoing shoulder pain may not only hamper performance but affect activities of daily life as the shoulder joint pain becomes more persistent. Stem cells may afford relief by the nature of their immune-modulating effect, and also may serve a reparative effect by virtue of the stem cells differentiation capacity. By understanding the anatomy and the biomechanics of the shoulder joint, the use of stem cell therapy can be applied specifically as it relates to golfers. Preventing shoulder joint problems from getting worse is a key aspect of regenerative applications of stem cell therapy. The complicated structure of the shoulder joint may require targeting more than one structure in the shoulder in order to effectively treat it adequately with stem cell therapy. Unlike the more simplistic hinge type knee joint the shoulder is a complicated ball and socket joint that is comprised of cartilage, tendon, rotator cuff, ligament, muscle, and bone. It is not uncommon that more than one layer or area is involved. Specifically targeting stem cell therapy to all attributable pain producing areas may be the best means to treat the complex shoulder joint.
If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.