Get ready for Fall golf, this time Pain-Free

Get ready for Fall golf, this time Pain-Free 1024 535 Phoenix Spine & Joint

By Brandon Gough, MD

Hello, my fellow golf enthusiasts,

I know that for many of you, golf is not just a sport – it is a passion that ignites our spirits and keeps us connected to the outdoors. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement as well as an ardent golfer myself, I deeply understand the frustration that severe arthritis can bring to your game. That is why I’m here to talk about an important decision that could change the way you experience golf: the timing of total joint replacement surgery.

For years, I have had the privilege of working with patients who share a deep love for golf, patients like you who understand the thrill of a perfect swing and the joy of spending hours on the greens. But I also know that the golf swing can be a double-edged sword, especially for those grappling with painful hip and knee arthritis. The strain that a golf swing places on these joints can be excruciating, and it is precisely this challenge that drives my commitment to finding solutions that let you enjoy the game you love.

Before going any further, time out. The inherent risks of surgery demand that we try conservative care prior to any procedure. Physical therapy, a dedicated regimen of exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, can work wonders in easing pain and restoring flexibility. Injections, whether corticosteroid or hyaluronic acid or more recently stem cells derived growth factors, can provide temporary relief, allowing you to keep teeing off while we explore the best path forward. And let us not forget NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) – medications that have the potential to reduce inflammation and pain. However, despite being commonplace, these drugs can be dangerous— remember to use them wisely under your doctor’s care.

But here is the turning point: when these non-surgical options have been exhausted and the pain due to severe arthritis of the hip or knee persists, it is time to seriously consider total joint replacement surgery. This is a decision that is deeply personal and unique to each individual. I never rush my patients into this step. We meticulously evaluate factors like the extent of arthritis, your overall health, and your commitment to the post-surgery recovery process.

“Dr. Gough is wonderful. His outstanding knowledge and compassion washed away my fear of having surgery. I had instant confidence in him and his hands.“
—Actual Patient of Dr. Brandon Gough

As someone who has helped thousands get back to golf with surgery, I want to emphasize the importance of timing. With fall just around the corner, the cooler weather provides an ideal backdrop for recovery and rehabilitation after surgery. It is a season of transformation – just like the transformation your body can undergo with the right care. While every recovery journey is different, undergoing surgery in late summer can grant you the time needed to regain strength, mobility, and most importantly, the confidence to step onto the golf course once more.

So, my friends, if you are yearning to recapture that feeling of a powerful swing and the freedom of movement on the golf course this fall, consider this a personal invitation. Let us explore the options together, honor the conservative care that comes first, and if the time is right, embark on a journey toward a pain-free future on the greens.
If you or someone you love with severe arthritis of the hip or knee is looking to get back to a vibrant life and an unhindered golf game call my office now at (602) 359-3088. Fall is here! We will get you in within a week and can have you outfitted with a new hip or knee before October 1.

Yours in health and golf,

Brandon Gough, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Joint Replacement