Regardless of age or skill level, most golfers report some degree of lower back pain after each round, according to one study involving feedback from more than 30,000 players. And with such beautiful weather in Southern California and premier golf courses, it’s no surprise that a number of our patients either play or would like to return to golf at some point. It’s important for golfers to know what may cause spinal discomfort when golfing so that more intensive treatments can be avoided. Los Angeles spine surgery experts suggest to take care of spinal health to prevent surgical treatments.
The most notable reason for back pain in golfers is the added stress on muscles, tendons, joints and bones supporting the spine caused by the motions associated with each backswing and follow-through. While all golf-related back pain probably can’t be avoided, there are some golfing techniques that may help reduce spinal discomfort the next time you tee off.
Other golfing tips from our spinal specialists and board-certified physicians include:
The above tips, along with therapy and medications can help to reduce pain in the spine. However, there will be certain instances when more advanced treatments such as spine surgery will be required, most notably in the case of disc herniations.
For more information about your particular source of pain, call 310-828-7757 and schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Hyun Bae. Along with minimally invasive treatments, Dr. Bae specializes in motion-preserving spine treatments in Los Angeles, meaning patients will have the opportunity to maintain as much range of motion as possible. Reach out to us today and start on the path toward a pain-free lifestyle.