How to Rebuild Your Golf Swing After Shoulder Surgery
For older and younger golfers alike, a bad shoulder can be a significant handicap (no pun intended) on you being able to swing the golf club properly, and thus enjoy the game that you love to its fullest potential.
I want to say that I am not a physical therapist, so the following article is NOT medical advice (I encourage you to visit your doctor or therapist before performing any of exercises). I am simply revealing a few options that have worked for some people who wanted to get back to playing golf after shoulder surgery.
When it comes to rebuilding your golf swing after shoulder surgery, there are two main components that must be built: strength & range of motion. If you can build up your strength and get back any lost range of motion that you have experienced, then you will be on your way to a successful recovery from your shoulder or rotator cuff (with the part that usually needs surgery being the Labrum) injury.
How much time will it take after surgery until I can play again?
I’m not qualified to answer this question, because only your doctor knows your specific situation. However, under normal circumstances most golfers can recover from shoulder surgery and start rebuilding their golf swing within a 2-6 month window. While you should consult with your physician, coming back any sooner could increase your risk of re-injuring your shoulder.
Exercises to improve range of motion & flexibility after shoulder surgery
Some of the first exercises you may perform as part of your rehabilitation will likely include range-of-motion exercises with exercise bands. These bands are essentially big, strong rubber bands that allows you to stretch your muscles lightly and recover some of your lost range of motion.
While many golfers (especially men) find these exercises boring, they are important to the overall shoulder rebuilding process. It is important that you listen to your doctor or therapist and make sure that you do everything you can in order to work with them, because your quick and speedy recover is also in their best interest!
Exercises to get back your strength
Regaining strength in your rotator cuff after surgery can be a little more difficult, and a wide variety of workouts are used in order to accomplish this feat. Often times rebuilding strength in the shoulder will involve some light weight-lifting, as well as some yoga exercises to strengthen not only your torn shoulder, but your core as well.
Remember, it is important to listen to your therapist, and follow their advice as they have likely worked with hundreds of patients with injuries very similar to your own.
Patience is key when recovering from shoulder surgery
Rebuilding your golf swing mechanically will take care of itself with a little practice, but the keys are to make sure that your strength returns, and that you maximize your range of motion post-surgery in order to get your golf swing back to where you want it to be.