If you have arthritis or degenerative joint disease, there is still hope for your golf game!
Have you been told that you have arthritis, degenerative joint disease (DJD), or degenerative disc disease (DDD)? Each of these terms basically means the same thing. They are very commonly used by doctors to describe what are mostly natural changes that occur in the joints and spine. The two major categories of arthritis are osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis. By far, the most common type is osteoarthritis, which is typically what we mean when we say “arthritis.”
When osteoarthritis is in the extremities (knees, hips, shoulders, fingers, etc.), it’s called degenerative joint disease. When it’s in the spine, it is labelled degenerative disc disease.
A very common misconception is that this is a disease which attacks at random and progresses once it begins. This is simply not true.
Osteoarthritis/DJD/DDD happens naturally as we age.
Over time, our joints slowly begin to wear down from use. This includes everyday movements like bending, twisting, and—yes—swinging a golf club. The degree to which this wear-and-tear or arthritis occurs depends on things like how you move, your weight, and your genetic predisposition.
The Good News
However, there is good news regardless of your relationship with arthritis. You can control it through your behavior and consistent measures to counteract its effects.
This leads to the second, and even more important, concept… The symptoms from arthritis/DDD/DJD do not correlate to the degree of damage shown on an X-RAY OR MRI, especially in the spine.
In the mild to moderate stages of arthritis in the extremities, and mild to moderate, and even severe, stages of arthritis in the spine, pain can be significantly or totally reduced by strengthening muscles that support the affected joints and learning to move in ways that put less force through those joints.
More good news:
With GOLFFOREVER, you can begin taking the right steps toward making the necessary changes and following the right instruction.
For those with inflammatory arthritis, medication is usually required to effectively treat the disease. Further relief can also be achieved with the right strength training regimen and behavioral change. Exercises in the GOLFFOREVER program, such as side planks, bridges, squats, and rows, help to build the important muscular support structure around the spine, hips, and shoulders.
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