Lifewatch: Golfer's Knees

WILMINGTON -- Knee injuries don't just happen to runners or basketball players.  Golfers are also at higher risk.

A day on the links can be a good way to get some exercise, but don't be fooled, golf isn't necessarily a mild-mannered sport.

Golf isn't a high impact sport, but the rapid rotation of the body can predispose golfers to an injury.

According to Orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih, cartilage and tendons surrounding the knee are at high risk for injury.

Twisting motions at a rapid rate can lead to failure of the cartilage pads, ultimately causing knee pain and arthritis in some situations.

Dr. Douoguih recommends seeing a doctor if you feel a sudden onset of pain, because it could signal a rupture or tear.

A gradual increase in pain is another reason for concern.

Dr. Douoguih tells patients to strengthen their knees to avoid injury in the first place.

Simple exercises such as squats or lunges don't need added weight to be effective.  Do the exercises two or three times a week to improve leg strength.

For some tips for golfers from experts at the Mayo Clinic, click here.

Reported by Kristy Ondo