Low Back Pain – Main Golf Injury

Low Back Pain

Thanks to its popularity, Golf is one of the most UK’s and America’s all-time favorite sports. The golfers see it a good sport for people of different ages to play together, spending time with friends and family.

Although it is becoming more and more popular between younger and older people, like any other sport, golf can produce injuries to the low back and spine. The main golf injury is low back pain (usually due to muscle strains and sprains). All the repetitive actions of the golf swing and some swing faults are the number one cause of low back pain in golfers. A ‘Reverse Angle’ swing fault is a common cause of back pain that occurs when the spine deviates from the vertical during the swing.

Prevention

What can you really do to prevent a low back pain injury?

  • A good warm-up – Stretch before hitting the range – at home or in the clubhouse
  •  Make a good practice swing – Back pain when golfing can be due to a few swing faults
  • Improve your posture – Avoid any physical compensation.
  • Use the Spinal Backrack Lumbar Belt to treat and prevent backpain whilst playing golf

Many symptoms of  back  injury can be affected such as  Herniated Discs, Facet joints, Sacroiliac joint, Sciatica – but in golfers,  discs and sciatica are the most commonly affected. A herniated disc or ‘slipped disc’ refers to a protrusion of gel material from inside the disc. This can cause back pain and / or Sciatica, particularly when bending forwards.

Treating Low Back Pain and Back Injury from Golf

Most acute low back injuries that occur during a game of golf will get better over a couple of days to weeks. It is generally not advisable to further stress inflamed muscles by continuing to play golf through an episode of low back pain. For treating the pain Spinal Backrack strongly suggest to wear the lumbar belt which will work directly on the cause of the problems rather then the symptoms.

Another option for more acute cases should be the use of the Spinal Backrack System.