Thank you Dr. Barrett!

Office Visit – I had an appointment to see Dr. Barrett to have a possible broken finger checked. Everyone in the office was courteous and helpful both times I was there. When you are not feeling well it means a lot to know others care and that they are true professionals.

Thank you!
Clinton A. Cape May, NJ

Golf Injuries to the Wrist and Hand

Mark Walsh PT, DPT, MS, CHT
Titleist Performance Institute Certified
Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Did you know that of all the sports the most injuries to the hand and wrist occur in golf?

Hand injuries occur in about 10% of professional and 20% in the amateur golfers. The incidence may be explained by the anatomic and mechanical complexity of the wrist and hand. Most of the injuries occur in the lead wrist and hand associated with overuse, golf swing faults and mechanics and trauma.

Overuse injuries are primarily tendonitis or tenosynovitis such as deQuervains tenosynovitis (inflammation of tendons on the thumb side of the wrist). Overuse injuries often occur in the amateur at the beginning of the golf season, when the golfer is not appropriately physically prepared to strike the golf ball. For example, as the golf season approaches it’s off to the driving range hitting a large bucket of balls one after another without appropriate warm up and rest between swings. Watch a professional warm up hitting golf balls notice, that between each swing, they stop, analyze the ball flight, divot etc. and discuss it with their caddy or coach.  The take home message is that the amateur hits too many golf balls to quickly and too often. Overuse also occurs due to a lack of physical conditioning for their entire body, not just the upper extremity. The power and the ability to strike the golf ball correctly comes from the use of the powerful core and lower extremity muscles. If the lower body does not initiate the swing sequence correctly this can cause changes in the upper body swing mechanics placing the wrist and hand at risk. Swing faults of “Casting, Scooping, Chicken Winging and Over the Top” can contribute to wrist and hand injuries.

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BETTER GOLF THROUGH FITNESS

Ocean City Sure Guide
JUNE 19 – JUNE 25, 2019
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Periodization effective way to prepare for golf season

By: GRADY BROZYNA MSPT, OCS, COMT
Residency & Fellowship Trained in OMT
Shore Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

Grady

Summer is here and I am sure you prepared your golf bag. But how are your rotator cuffs, hip joints and spinal discs?

If you have not been preparing for the past four weeks, then they are not ready for that first tee giant swing to impress the foursome. You are also at prime potential for injury and poor performance. But don’t fret: it’s never too late to ready the body.

Strength and conditioning coaches use what is called periodization to prepare athletes. This breaks down the year into three main categories: Offseason, preseason and in season.

Periodization is designed so the athlete has time to work on recovery and weak areas of performance in the offseason, ramp up to peak form and power during preseason and maximize performance during the season. Golfers are power athletes with swings taking as little as 2 seconds. So golfers should be training for power, which involves strength and speed. And they should be reaching their maximal potential in the heart of summer. That means preseason is spring and offseason winter.

Offseason is when the golfer must take some time and let the repetitive motions stop so the body can heal.

Have a spa day or two to work out the byproducts that build inside the muscles and connective tissue during the season. Sample a yoga class or stretch class to lengthen the muscles that tightened up playing all summer and fall. After  a  few weeks of rest, the remainder of the offseason should be spent working on the skills for which you are weakest.  If you want more distance on your drives, then build strength in your  legs and core. Use exercises such as squats and step-ups, pull-ups and push-ups to build basic strength.

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The best doctors are right here in South Jersey at this practice!

 

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Richard B. Islinger, MD

Richard B. Islinger, MD

I Came to Dr. Islinger for an ankle fracture. The doctor took a lot of time at every visit explaining what was seen on exam, and my progress. I listened to instructions and followed them as told, and was very happy with my choice of doctor. I Could not have chosen anyone better. Forget what everyone says about going to a doctor in Philly.

The best doctors are right here in South Jersey at this practice. Dr. Islinger was surely the best!

– Donna Vetrone, Atlantic City, NJ