Golfer’s Back Pain

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Golfer’s Back Pain

As amateur golfer’s, many of us have something in common with Jack Nichlaus and Lee Travino – a bad back. If you are among the many golfers who have already experienced a bout with this affliction, then you know how debilitating it can be. Low back pain accounts for almost 25% of all athletic injuries. Most back pain is preventable and is often caused by too little exercise, over exertion, overuse, poor form, and lack of flexibility or poor posture. Smoking and obesity are also implicated. Due to the repetitive, one-sided torquing of the spine in golf, spinal arthritis may develop. If you experience pain during or right after golfing ice the lower back for 20 minutes. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Gently pull one knee to your chest and hold that position for five seconds. Repeat this five times with each leg. If home care does not work, see a chiropractor. Chiropractic health care stresses the importance of keeping all systems of the body functioning efficiently so the player enjoys peak performance, minimum injury risk and fast recuperation. I usually provide my golfing patients with information about stretching and strengthening exercises to aid in the prevention of future injuries so that they can again enjoy a day on the greens! Call me today to find out how I can help you.

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