Preventing Back Pain When Playing Golf

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The weather is finally warming up to the point where people can hit the links on a regular basis. One of the most important ways to enjoy your game is to follow tips to help prevent back pain. These are just a few of the things you can do to help ensure your round is not just enjoyable, but also painless.

Warming Up Correctly

If at all possible, don’t rush directly from your car to the first tee, because you could easily hurt your back as a result. Get to the course an hour or so before your tee time so you can ease into the round. Not only will this give you an ample opportunity to prepare yourself, it will also make you safer.

Stretching is one of the best things you can do to get ready. Areas you should emphasize include the shoulders, torso, and hips, as well as the hamstrings. Hold a club behind your neck and shoulders and gently rotate the torso. Pull a knee to your chest to help loosen your hips, and then bend over and touch your toes to stretch your hamstrings. All of these exercises can help loosen your body and get the blood flowing so you place less of a strain on your back.

You should also swing a golf club to warm up your muscles even more and prepare them for the torsion and torque they are about to experience. Go to the driving range for a few minutes and hit some balls, starting with your short irons and working up to your driver. Back pain can be a result of the pressure applied to the lower back during the swing, so concentrate on making a smooth, rhythmic swing to proceed with less stress.

Contact Us About Back Pain

If you should suffer back pain or any other type of injury while playing golf, talk to a Dallas orthopedic surgeon with Advanced Spine & Orthopedics. Contact us online or call 817-310-8783 for more information or to schedule an appointment.