Medically reviewed by
Dr. Thomas DiStefano
McLeod Orthopedics Cheraw
A bad knee adds pain and takes the fun out of recreational activities, such as golf. A total knee joint replacement can remove the pain and return you to the golf course. Even golfers, such as PGA professional Fred Funk and Nancy Lopez, a 48-time LPGA winning golfer, have undergone knee joint replacement. Here are some tips to help you return to your foursome, even if you’re not a pro.
“We usually advise patients to wait three to nine months before returning to golf,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Dr. Thomas DiStefano. “To ensure a successful return, continue exercises your surgeon or physical therapist recommends until you’re ready to tee it up.”
Before dusting off your clubs, you can speed your healing and rebuild your muscle strength with:
More than 90% of patients, who golf, can successfully return to the game. Make your return more enjoyable with these golf-specific tips:
WHAT CAN Y OU EXPECT?
A study of 750 golfers who had a joint replacement found “no significant change” in their golf performance or participation prior to joint problems to one year after surgery.
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Sources include: McLeod Health, NYTimes, Golf Fitness Magazine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Journal of Arthroplasty