Hallamshire golfer bounces back at 77

Garfield Siberry, aged 77, in action at Hallamshire
Garfield Siberry, aged 77, in action at Hallamshire
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Local golfer Garfield Siberry has got his swing back on Hallamshire Golf Course in a record breaking one-month after suffering a shoulder injury - at the age of 77!

Unlike previous treatments where his recovery has taken over a year, this time Garfield was back with his 9-iron in time to celebrate World Golf Month with his buddies.

It was while moving a wardrobe upstairs to his new home in Sandygate Road, Crosspool last November that Garfield felt an almighty tear in his right shoulder. Having suffered from frozen shoulders in the past, he sought treatment from his GP.

“I was worried the injury to my shoulder would mean I couldn’t play golf anymore,” he said.

“However, with just one treatment I was back on the course the next day.”

A retired schoolteacher, Garfield has been an avid sportsman throughout his life and experienced his fair share of sporting injuries, including a broken vertebra in his neck while at rugby training.

He’s since moved away from contact sports and now tees off at Hallamshire Golf Club several times a week instead.

The grandfather of nine’s golfing buddies highly recommended the Barlborough Treatment Centre near Chesterfield.

“My surgeon had expert knowledge and knew exactly where to put the needle in my back to cure my frozen shoulder,” Garfield added.

“He told me what was happening as he undertook the procedure and explained it to me in layman’s terms.”

Care UK Orthopedic surgeon John Va Faye said although Garfield’s overnight recovery is quite rare, there are several tips that can help other keen golfers to get back into their swing quickly.

“If you suspect you have a frozen shoulder, the key is to get help early,” he said.

“The earlier you seek medical advice, the quicker you receive treatment and from what I’ve seen, the quicker the recovery.”

Despite some patients requiring surgery, Mr Va Faye said that - just like Garfield - many can overcome their injuries through less drastic measures.

“Other points are to remain active, take anti-inflammatories with the advice of your GP, attend specialist physiotherapy and consider injection treatments. Most cases respond to these treatments well without the need for surgery.”

Garfield is now back competing in tournaments and it seems that whatever the injury, nothing is going to keep Garfield away from the golf course for too long.