Wear & Tear (Osteoarthritis)
Is Golf Likely To Increase Or Reduce The Risk Of Developing Osteoarthritis?
There is growing evidence that gentle to moderate activity has a positive – and potentially even regenerative – effect on the knee. Whilst that may not prevent you developing osteoarthritis in the long term, it could help delay the onset or slow progression.
In general, golf should not trigger osteoarthritis unless you suffer a golfing knee injury (e.g. tearing your ACL) which could then increase the likelihood of the knee wearing out early.
What Are The Symptoms Of Osteoarthritis?
On the golf course, you’re likely to feel the first signs of wear in the knee as a gradually developing discomfort, swelling and stiffness which can spoil the enjoyment of the round. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition and over time your knee is likely to become more painful. Ultimately you may feel that, without surgery, you cannot continue playing.