Erica and Susan

Hip Pain In A Golfer: Why It’s Not Going Away

Oct 6, 2022 | LOW BACK PAIN | 0 comments

In this short episode, Erica highlights the importance of center of mass by assessing a semi-competitive golfer with hip pain. He suffered an avulsion fracture of his iliopsoas tendon with resulting surgery. Two years later, he became symptomatic in his hip after golfing for consecutive days.

Hip pain is quite common in golf because of the rotary nature of the sport, but you have to wonder why this happened. Here’s what you need to consider: After someone has an injury or even surgery, they will generally offload that side of their body. This is understandable, but the majority of people do NOT regain their center of mass because they have not trained this way. 

Golf is a sport of weight shifts and finding center with a narrow base of support. This short episode highlights why this is crucial and where his real driver was. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t his hip!

A glance at this episode:

  • [2:39] The golfer’s history and his previous surgeries
  • [3:57] Erica’s assessment and differential diagnosis
  • [6:08] The treatment plan and exercise progression
  • [8:30] What the patient’s primary and secondary drivers were

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