Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Shoulder FAQ

Question:

I've been a competitive (and now) recreational golfer all my life. Last month I had a shoulder replacement on my dominant arm. I've been carrying around a golf club for exercise and feel pretty good. How long before I'm back in full swing?

Answer:

There are only two studies published on patients involved in sports and recreational activities after shoulder replacement. Both suggest from their results to expect an average of three to four months for partial return to sports. It will probably be more like six months (from the time of surgery) to full return to your game. But the wait should be worth it. Patients who were active but limited by pain before surgery report that their game is even better after rehab and recovery. An average improvement after surgery of five strokes has been reported by other golfers who had shoulder replacement surgery. Sports specific physical therapy can be very helpful. This is the perfect opportunity to work on improving your swing and replacing bad habits with new, more effective movement patterns. Eric C. McCarty, MD, et al. Sports Participation After Shoulder Replacement Surgery. In American Journal of Sports Medicine. August 2008. Vol. 36. No. 8. Pp. 1577-1581.

*Disclaimer:* The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.
All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Medical Multimedia Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Medical Multimedia Group, LLC and used herein by permission.

Our Specialties

Where Does It Hurt?

Our Locations

  Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on YouTube
Follow us on Twitter