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post #91 of 100

Kvuo, one note on the bright side--I have been playing since I was in my 20's and I'm 63 (almost) and hit the ball just about as good as I ever did. I am able to sense when

I am getting off track and how to correct it. Only given up about 5% of my distance at this stage, so you have a long way to go yet. My injury came when I hit a root hidden slightly

underground. If I would have seen it, I would never have tried to hit off it and I advise anyone anywhere around a tree to check the ground under a ball and thump with an iron to see

what's going on to make sure. This is the fastest way to screw up either your hands, wrists, ribs, back and who knows what else. I had to lay off 3 weeks. The first two I thought I would

never heal but then things happened quick.  It still hurt a little for a week or two when I hit iron shots, they produce much more shock, especially punch shots and wedges. Good luck, you

will get past this.
 

post #92 of 100

Hi guys,

 

Seems like I've caught a bad case of the "Kicked in the ribs" golfers curse. I haven't played golf since I was 14. I'm 28 now and just recently started up.

 

All started about 2 months ago. At the driving range first 2 weeks at the range 3 times a week for 1 1/2 hours hitting 2 - 3 buckets of balls about 200 balls. no issues. Had my first lesson after doing 60km ride and was really wamred up.  Towards the end of the 3rd week started getiing pain just below the shoulder blade and wrapping round me right side to just underneath the nipple, I was at this point wasn't trying to kill th golf ball yet. Following weekend, after week off, I tried again. Got even worse. Couldn't walk and on my back fro 2 days. Didn't go to a Dr as wasn't sure if it was that serious. Soldiered through it with no Golf or Dr for 5 weeks. Went bakc to the driving raneg this past weeknd warmed up for 5-10 minutes stretching and soft swings. Starting hitting my wedge to start out hit 30 or so balls was feeling ok little twinge here and there but nothing serious . Moved on to  hitting 6/7.irons and starting getting worse but thought I'd try work through it. I had no clue how serious this thing was. Hit 10 - 20 driver shots and was almost in tears. Stopped. I know it was stupid but just couldn't resist the urge to hit my new driver. Anyway in the same boat now. I live in Johannesburg South Africa. I read the first 2 or 3 pages of this forum and have decided i need help now. So physio first instead of the Dr/local GP?  I did see my local GP who said it was amild strain and took ibuprofen for a week or so and just didn't play or swing any clubs. Didn't do much  At work now and don't have much time to work through the other pages of tghe forum but will tonight. Any help or advice would be much apprciated.      

post #93 of 100

I am now in season 3 of pain in right ribs. It started in July 2011 with initial tightness and eventual right side back spasms (intercostal muscles) that made golf an unthinkable event. It only intensified during a round of golf. Every occurrence resulted in 2 to 3 weeks of constant discomfort and making sleep a chore as it was tough to get comfortable. I have seen doctors, chiropractors and been to sport medicine clinics. They all say I need to become more flexible and strengthen the core.

 

It was not until I found a sports therapist this past January that he discovered that the right side of my pelvis was elevated resulting in my right leg being shorter, and I had a seized SI joint. With a seized SI joint, when I stand and lift my right knee, the hip turns in the socket to a certain point and then locks up forcing the pelvis back instead of the joint naturally turning and the pelvis staying in place. He felt that both of these is contributing to the tightness and strain on the rib cage area, but not the core issue. Regular sessions with the therapist and daily exercises he has prescribed has finally got me to a point where I have no tightness whatsoever. My plan was to not play at all in 2013, but recent improvements have me thinking there may be a possibility.

 

The therapist suggests it will take 5 or 6 months to be past these issues, although he has treated a college volleyball player with similar symptoms for almost 2 years. I suggest staying away from golf and sticking with a prescribed therapy plan is the best answer. Try and find a sports therapist that understands golf and the golf swing.

post #94 of 100

I sprained my intercoastal back in late October... It took a deep tissue massage of UNGODLY pain to work the sprain out and finish recovering.

 

I cannot stress enough about stretching your intercoastals... Its the hardest muscle group to apply any type of physical therapy to.

post #95 of 100

Hi Folks,

 

I have found you all because, having taken up golf a week ago (played about 20 rounds through my life, but very sporadically - 32 years old now), I took my new RBZ Stage 2 Driver to the range and hit 260 balls in about 90 minutes, after which I felt a little twinge in the ribs on my right side.  Two days ago I played 9 holes, and as I drove on the 9th (isn't it always just as you're about to finish??), I literally hit the ground, dropped the club, and stayed there for a good 30 seconds.  I have not been able to do much with my right arm since, and walking, breathing, sleeping, all bad, coughing - hell realm.  Just got back from the hospital as I was finding it hard to breathe - they have taken xrays and cannot see any obvious crack, so it appears just to be a really decent tear of an intercostal.

 

I have learned the hard way from this, and it looks from this thread like many others have.  I feel confident, just based on the current feeling, that a couple of weeks off then easing myself back in will do the trick, but I will keep you posted either way.  Can't stress enough to anyone reading this the importance of stretching all those little muscles through the chest and back.   This is horrible, and will probably put me out for 2-3 weeks.  Big price to pay for not stretching.  They are hard to recuperate, I'd take a bicep strain over one of these little buggers any day, at least with one of those you can work around it, these little guys are involved in just about everything you do to exist....anyway....stretch, is my point.  And when you feel a twinge, don't think it'll be fine and play through it, at least not where your back and chest are concerned.

 

Nice to have found this resource, being new to the game I am sure I will find much use for it.  Has been very helpful hearing others' experience and treatment methods, I am finding the standard ice and heat treatment, with Diclofenac (Voltaren) for inflammation is the ticket, along with large doses of doing bugger all.  I will be doing a lot of chipping and putting the next couple of weeks.  :)

post #96 of 100

Well, I joined the ripped club. Just looking for the solution? Is visiting doctor a must or do we know the solution here?

post #97 of 100

Physiotherapy did it in the end for me. Be warned, it hurts like hell. Ice every chance you get, too.

post #98 of 100

I did something like this recently.  Had been practicing a lot because I was going to an out of town tournament and didn't want to embarrass myself.  Was killing 3-wood at the range one day and lovin it!  Then in mid swing, a killer pain shot right through the right ribs.  I was able to make a couple more swings, but effectively called it a day due to the pain.  I was afraid I'd be out for a while. But ultimately I just laid off a few days then eased back into it.  

 

It took a couple months to heal, but I never really quit. Just played less often and swung a lot more in control.  Might have even helped with the swing a little bit.  It hurt pretty bad for a while though.  Obviously not telling to you to go back out there since your case might be different - but it might be nice to hear that it possibly isn't all that bad.

post #99 of 100
I have joined the club people. Been playing for just a couple of months now (late starter at 41) absolutely loving it, been told by every seasoned golfer I meet your gonna need lessons. So I booked six week course of group lessons starting last Wednesday it was my day off so went for a round in the morning chilled in the afternoon and lesson in the evening. Arrived at the range PGA pro busy so hit 50 balls then start lesson hit some balls for pro to see my swing, he changed a few things in my swing seasoned golfers spot on this guy is a miracle worker hit another 50 balls with a very big smile on my face perfect height and distance. Then bam I think I have been stabbed in the ribs serratus anterior strain, been nearly a week now and still painful standing up and turning in bed breathing not to bad now going to have to put the lessons on hold for a bit now but it is so frustrating after such an improvement in my game just after a one hour lesson. I think most my problem was doing too much not stretching and maybe the change in my swing (which is no fault of the pro) well I will rest for another week and see how I go.

Sorry for venting my frustration on you poor people just reading this thread made me realise its not just me.

Cheers Spen
post #100 of 100
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Originally Posted by Spencer Mulcahy View Post

I have joined the club people. Been playing for just a couple of months now (late starter at 41) absolutely loving it, been told by every seasoned golfer I meet your gonna need lessons. So I booked six week course of group lessons starting last Wednesday it was my day off so went for a round in the morning chilled in the afternoon and lesson in the evening. Arrived at the range PGA pro busy so hit 50 balls then start lesson hit some balls for pro to see my swing, he changed a few things in my swing seasoned golfers spot on this guy is a miracle worker hit another 50 balls with a very big smile on my face perfect height and distance. Then bam I think I have been stabbed in the ribs serratus anterior strain, been nearly a week now and still painful standing up and turning in bed breathing not to bad now going to have to put the lessons on hold for a bit now but it is so frustrating after such an improvement in my game just after a one hour lesson. I think most my problem was doing too much not stretching and maybe the change in my swing (which is no fault of the pro) well I will rest for another week and see how I go.

Sorry for venting my frustration on you poor people just reading this thread made me realise its not just me.

Cheers Spen

 

I am also a new golfer and cannot emphasize enough how important stretching is for me.  I had a similar, albeit less sever from your description, rib injury after hitting a few fat shots on a mat. It was about a week before I got better.  About two months after that I went to the range and started swinging without stretching.  Before long I had another sore rib.  The pain never got above a 1-2, but it was always there.  Taking it easy seemed to work and I was back to normal in about ten days.  I have been fine since then.  Good luck on your recovery!

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