Pinnacle - Jupiter Medical Center

Fall 2018

Pinnacle is the official magazine of Jupiter Medical Center which provides world class health care in Palm Beach County

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22 | PINNACLE | | PINNACLE | PULSE ASK THE EXPERT By Nila Do Simon Shouldering the Load What every golfer should know about rotator cuff injuries Golfing in The Palm Beaches is as ubiquitous as sunshine. But all that swinging can put a lot of strain on your shoulders, resulting in issues like rotator cuff tears. "Tears in the group of muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint are the most common golfing injury, particularly with the older demographic," says Dr. Ryan Simovitch, a Jupiter Medical Center orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex shoulder injuries. "[JMC] is a center of excellence for joint replacement, with processes and quality control measures that set up patients for successful recoveries. From the state-of-the-art physical therapies to the Golf Health Program with the Titleist Performance Institute, the all-encompassing treatments and programs leave nothing to chance." Here, Simovitch explains how to protect yourself on the course—and beyond. Why are rotator cuff injuries so prevalent among golfers? The rotator cuff degenerates as time goes on. Add to that the force and tension placed on the shoulder muscles during any golf swing, and that adds even more stress. Can these injuries be prevented? Moderation can help. The golfer who plays frequently is more at risk than a player who plays occasionally. Also, it's important to warm up before swinging, whether with heat or through stretching. In addition, I'd recommend regular conditioning through a rotator cuff program that strengthens the shoulder muscles and increases flexibility. A trained physical therapist can tailor a program to you. What are some signs of a rotator cuff tear? The worse scenario is that you feel a pop, which means there's a tendon tear some- where. Pain and discomfort on the outside part of the shoulder is another red flag. The feeling of discomfort can be particularly noticeable at night. If I suspect an injury, what should I do? Take an over-the-counter pain reliever and rest your shoulder. You should also begin icing your shoulder. If you're still feeling discomfort, then it's time for an evaluation with an ortho- pedic surgeon. What is the treatment if there is a tear? In my experience, 90 percent of the time physical therapy alone can alleviate pain and

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