Many of our patients, who are active golfers, come to us after having rotator cuff surgery saying: “I was told that I can’t golf anymore”, or that ” I should not golf again because of my shoulder surgery”. We don’t agree with this and we actually get most of our patients, who want to return to golfing, back playing 18 holes without pain nor any complications. In fact, we currently have a patient who had bilateral total hip replacements in our Golf Injury and Performance Program returning to golf playing 9-18 holes this past week, without any flare ups of pain . So reagardless of the surgery and complexity, it can be done if treatment is implemented the right way. Here are some questions to help guide you.
Can I return to golf after having a rotator cuff surgery?
The answer is YES!!!! If all impairments are treated correctly and swing biomechanics are addresses, then there is no reason why you can’t return to golf.
When can I return to golf after shoulder surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff?
This varies per case and per individual. Every case is different and everyone’s response is different after rotator cuff surgery. Some can return to golf activities as fast a few weeks and others it may take a few months to return. It is all based on your case, how you respond, and if you have enough strength and range of motion required for golf activities.
How do I return to golfing and playing 18 holes of golf after my rotator cuff surgery?
You need a structure program that is designed by the best clinician in order to return to golf after getting rotator cuff surgery. Not all people can return to golf after having rotator cuff surgery. Our very own Scott Shepard (voted Top 50 Golf Fitness Professionals in the US by Golf Digest!) is a physical therapist who is an expert in golf, golf swing biomechanics, and he runs our Golf Injury and Prevent program.
Here is a step by step approach to return to golf after rotator cuff shoulder surgery:
Get cleared by physician who performed the shoulder surgery
Get a thorough evaluation from an expert physical therapist who specializes in golf and golf swing biomechanics
Solve the root cause of your pain, identify any risk factors and other current impairments
start only proven and the best treatments that will address current impairments until ready to start swinging a golf club
start putting and chipping program
make strength progressions and golf specific training to return to golf
Customize a Return to Golf Program based on impairments and workload progression building up to 18 holes of golf