A monthlyseriespresented by: Damon A. Greene, MD
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Shore Orthopaedic University Associates
It’s finally fall and time for surfing season especially here in South Jersey.
So let’s discuss a surfing injury that commonly gets overlooked the “Hips Flexors”. When we are surfing the front foot and hip rotate forward this puts stress across the spine, hip, knees and even ankles. The back foot turns out because the gluteal muscles (buttock muscles) contract and shorten rotating the back hip out. This means that unless we stretch and strengthen to our hip flexors, we are setting ourselves up for other injuries and limiting our ability to enjoy the waves. One stretch that I like is called the Lizard. This stretch predominately targets the hip flexors but also targets the groin and glutes. Draw one foot to the outside of your arms and place both hands flat on the ground. Bring your forearms to the floor or as far as your body allows. Your back leg stays off the ground. Hold the stretch for approximately 30 seconds and repeat.
I had been struggling with a bad lower back for over 6 months which was leading to other issues. After just one consultation, we came up with the perfect plan of rehab, exercise and a stretching program that got me back to my old self. At times I just wasn’t sure my body was going to bounce back, but Dr. Greene just kept telling me we were making progress and just to stay on the path.
In a matter of 6-8 weeks, I was back to 100% and now have a program I follow whenever I have a sore back and then the problems just don’t return. I’m surfing everyday and able to push myself with no worries because I know I’m in the best hands.