Most Common Ailment…Lower Back Pain
If you are a golfer suffering with back pain, I’m sure you’re not surprised when I tell you that lower back pain is by far the most common ailment suffered by golfers regardless of age. I read a recent survey of over 30,000 golfers that revealed that 28% of all golfers deal with some sort of lower back pain after EVERY round.What you may not realize is that the lower back is rarely the original cause of the pain. It may be the current source of pain, but it’s RARELY the cause of the pain. More often than not, tightness in the middle back (thoracic spine) or the hips force the lower back to do excessive work until the lower back completely breaks down.
Basically, the lower back is being unnecessarily overworked to the point of injury. Experts believe that over 80% of all chronic lower back problems begin this way.
So I’m going to give you a couple of tools you can do at home to check the flexibility of your mid back as well as your hips. CLICK HERE to watch the video or the picture below.
Self-test #1: Mid back assessment
Begin by straddling one of the corners of the chair. Keeping your knees and feet together. Your body should be in an upright and erect posture. With the arms in the “W” position supporting the 5 iron across the chest, rotate your trunk both to the right and to the left as far as possible. Be sure to keep your feet & knees together!!
Touring golf professionals are able to rotate past the edge of the chair (45 degrees) on both sides. You can try this again, but with the club behind you on top of your shoulder blades.
If you can achieve more than 45 degrees, great! Your mid back is probably not contributing to your back pain. Let’s move on to the second test.
Self-test #2: Hip rotation backswing/follow-through
Begin by putting all your weight on one leg and bend the other knee, placing the toe on the ground to help provide balance. Place your hands on your hips and try to rotate as far as possible in both directions.
Make sure you keep the down foot pointing forward and all of the weight on the down leg. This forces you to rotate only around the weight bearing leg. Repeat on the other leg and compare. Touring golf professionals maintain at least 60 degrees of hip (pelvic) rotation bilaterally.
If you were able to identify any physical restrictions in your mobility of either your mid back or hip rotation and you would like to access our free report “Top 3 exercises to improve your golf swing and AVOID lower back pain” CLICK HERE or call us at 501-984-2453
Fairways & Greens,
Lee Sowerbutts, PT
Village Golf & Physical Therapy Center
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