Golfing and Low Back Pain

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Low back pain is a common complaint among golfers. It’s often caused by a poor swing. The rotational stresses of the golf swing can place considerable pressure on the spine and muscles. Poor flexibility and muscle strength can cause minor strains in the back that can easily become a severe injury.

Here are some exercises to help strengthen lower back muscles and prevent injuries:

– Rowing: firmly tie the ends of rubber tubing and place it around an object that is shoulder height such as a door hinge. While standing with your arms straight out in front of you, grasp the tubing and slowly pull it towards your chest. Release slowly. Perform three sets of 10 reps at least 3x per week.

– Pull downs: with the rubber tubing still around the door hinge, kneel and hold the tubing over your head. Pull down slowly toward your chest, bending your elbows as you lower your arms. Raise the tubing slowly over your head. Perform three sets of 10 reps at least 3x per week.

– Yoga and Pilates: these exercise programs focus on trunk and abdomen strength as well as flexibility.

If you’re having low back pain, contact Aspen Orthopedics for an appointment with one of our Orthopedic physicians.