Is Golf Causing Your Back Pain?
Golf is one of the most popular sports in the world for many reasons. One of those reasons is because you can play it at any age until you just physically can’t do it anymore. While golf is a fun sport to play, it does come with an injury risk, believe it or not.
A golf swing involves a lot of torque on your back, which could eventually cause lower back pain. The harder you swing, the greater the chances are of developing some pain. The good thing is you can prevent this pain just by taking a few precautionary steps.
Preventing Low Back Pain From Golf
No matter how young you are or how long you’ve been playing golf, you need to stretch before playing. Hold a club behind your back and lock your arms at the elbows around the shaft, then rotate your torso to get a good stretch on your back muscles. Then with the club in the same position tilt your torso from side to side a few times. Be sure to also take some slow golf swings to get in the rhythm of the motion and to stretch out the muscles you’ll be using.
Most people don’t think they need to focus on spine care when playing golf, but not doing so could be damaging. If it’s your first time swinging a golf club, you could benefit from seeing a PGA golf professional to learn the basics of how to properly swing without hurting yourself.
Who is at Risk?
Anyone can hurt their back while playing golf, and may need active spine care treatments as a result. However, younger golfers are generally more at risk, since they swing harder and put more torque on the back. Also, anyone who carries their golf bag while they play could be putting a tremendous amount of pressure on their back. Use a cart instead, or use dual straps to distribute the weight of the bag evenly to help prevent lower back pain.
Time to See a Physician
It’s possible to put only a minor strain on your back when playing golf. However, if the pain continues throughout the day for a couple weeks, it may be time to see your doctor. At DBC Active Spine Care®, we offer the best active spine care treatments to help you get back on your feet and back on the golf course without pain. If you’ve experienced any kind of lower back pain as a result of playing golf, be sure to contact us for the best treatment available.