For many, a relaxing game of golf is the perfect way to spend a sunny day with some friends. But, the next day, some feel pronounced pain in the lower back. Does this popular leisure time activity produce lower back pain?
The latest research coming out in the medical journal 'Spine', would seem to indicate this. The authors point out that "among professional and amateur golfers, back disorders remain the most common injury, comprising 55% and 35% of injuries in these groups, respectively." They also note that modern professional golfers are experiencing back problems at far younger ages than the general population. To explain this, they focus on how the golf swing of present-day professionals, such as Tiger Woods, differs from that employed by golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Ben Hogan. The back pain produced is referred to as a 'repetitive strain' to the spine joints, discs and muscles.
Another source coming out of the Professional Golfers Association, states that lower back pain is a frequent golfer complaint. These injuries are often the result of playing too much. Back pain affects weekend golfers too, but for the opposite reason. They don’t play often enough!
Many occasional golfers lack proper swing technique. Plus, they often don’t get enough regular physical activity. They tend to swing harder and the muscles used in this type of swing tend to get stressed. An improper swing causes tension on the lower back. Investing in some golf lessons to learn proper swing mechanics could lessen this risk.
Engaging in a regular walking or other aerobic activity is helpful in preventing lower back pain. In addition, older golfers (and younger ones too) need to be aware of their endurance levels when they play. As a golfer gets tired, swing mechanics can worsen, leading to spinal stress, stiffness and increased lower back pain.
It’s interesting to note that many professional golfers rely on chiropractic care to continue to play at their best. Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh and David Duvall regularly consult their chiropractor. If it works for them, it could work for you.
A Chiropractic adjustment can have a positive effect on reducing the physical stress to your lower back. Schedule your visit with us today on-line!
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