One of the most common recreational athletes that comes through our office are fair-weather golfers!

Golf is a sport enjoyed by many for its blend of physical exercise and strategic skill.

However, like any physical activity, it comes with its risks, and golfers often find themselves dealing with injuries.

The three most common injuries are lower back pain, shoulder pain, and elbow pain.

Understanding how to treat and prevent these injuries is crucial for maintaining a healthy and enjoyable golfing experience. Let's delve into each injury and explore effective solutions, including how E3 Chiropractic + Wellness and your trusted Saskatoon Chiropractor can help.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is perhaps the most common complaint among golfers. The golf swing is a complex movement that requires significant twisting and bending, which can strain the lower back muscles and ligaments.

Poor swing mechanics, lack of flexibility, and weak core muscles often contribute to this issue.

How to Fix It

To address lower back pain, start with improving your swing technique. Working with a golf instructor can help ensure that your form is correct and that you're not putting unnecessary stress on your back.

Additionally, incorporating exercises that strengthen your core and improve flexibility can provide much-needed support to your lower back. Stretching routines focusing on the hamstrings, hip flexors, and lower back muscles are beneficial.

If pain is present, you should seek professional help! At E3 Chiropractic + Wellness, we can offer targeted treatments such as spinal adjustments, muscle therapy, and personalized exercise plans to alleviate pain and prevent future injuries.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain in golfers often arises from overuse or improper technique. The repetitive motion of the golf swing can lead to conditions such as rotator cuff tendinitis, impingement syndrome, or even tears in severe cases.

This pain can significantly impact your swing and overall performance.

How to Fix It

Preventing and treating shoulder pain involves a combination of rest, rehabilitation, and technique correction.

If you're experiencing shoulder pain, the fist thing you should do is relative rest. This doesn’t mean stop doing EVERYTHING! This means stop doing SOME things! You should stay active, but you should stop doing the things you know will irritate your shoulder pain.

The second thing you should do is consul with a Chiropractor at E3 Chiropractic + Wellness. We can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan including adjustments, and therapeutic exercises, to reduce pain and promote healing.

Strengthening exercises for the shoulder muscles, particularly the rotator cuff, can enhance stability and resilience. Focus on exercises that target the scapular stabilizers and rotator cuff muscles.

Elbow Pain

Elbow pain, commonly referred to as "golfer's elbow," is another prevalent issue among golfers. This condition is characterized by pain and inflammation on the inside of the elbow, caused by repetitive stress and strain on the tendons.

It's often the result of gripping the club too tightly or using an improper swing technique.

How to Fix It

Addressing elbow pain involves a multi-faceted approach.

Start by ensuring that your grip and swing mechanics are correct. A lighter grip pressure can reduce strain on the tendons.

Similar to shoulder pain, relative rest is critical in the initial stages to reduce inflammation.

Stretching and strengthening exercises for the forearm muscles can help prevent recurrence. Techniques such as wrist flexor and extensor stretches, as well as eccentric strengthening exercises, are particularly effective.

If pain lasts more than three days, we recommend being assessed! E3 Chiropractic + Wellness offers treatments like soft tissue therapy and joint mobilization that can alleviate pain and accelerate recovery.

A Saskatoon Chiropractor can provide a detailed assessment and develop a personalized treatment plan to get you back on the course pain-free.

Prevention is Key

While treating these injuries is important, preventing them in the first place is even better.

Incorporating strength and flexibility training into your routine regularly, practicing good swing mechanics, and listening to your body can go a long way toward keeping you healthy and enjoying the game.

If you ever find yourself dealing with persistent pain, don't hesitate to seek professional help.


E3 Chiropractic + Wellness is committed to helping golfers and other athletes maintain optimal health and performance.

With the expertise of a skilled Saskatoon Chiropractor, you can receive the care and guidance needed to overcome injuries and enhance your game.

Comprehensive chiropractic care can make a significant difference in your recovery and overall well-being, whether you're dealing with lower back pain, shoulder, or elbow pain.


Stay proactive, play smart, and enjoy the game of golf without the pain! Click HERE to book an appointment today!


Dr. Kurtis Gryba

Dr. Kurtis Gryba

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