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Golfer's Pain: Golf and Low Back Injury

Last updated 6 years ago

Played by millions of Americans, golf is generally considered a life-long sport, an activity that players young and old, professional and novice can all enjoy. While golf is not a contact sport, frequent extended play can contribute to injury and pain, most often affecting the neck, hand, elbow, shoulder and low back. If you suspect that your golf activity is the cause of your low back pain, talk to your spine specialist for more information about treating pain and preventing further injury. 

Causes of Golfer’s Pain in the Low Back

One of the primary causes of low back pain in golfers is trying to swing the golf club too fast. This violent motion requires the player to bend and rotate the spine while also engaging multiple groups of muscles in the back, arms, hands, abdomen, buttocks and legs, all of which places extreme forces on your lumbosacral spine. In addition to frequent play, other poor golf mechanics like poor posture or improper swing technique can also contribute to low back pain. All of these factors can cause or worsen spinal stenosis, age-related degenerative disc disease, disc herniation and pinched nerves.

Treatments for Golf-Related Low Back Pain

In some cases, simple rest and some over-the-counter pain medication can mitigate golfer’s pain. If your low back pain persists despite home care efforts, talk to your neck and back specialist for further evaluation and for a diagnosis. Depending on the severity of your pain and condition, your physician may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and physical therapy, or surgery.

The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.


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