Lower back pain with golf

Written by Nick Allen
Specialist Physiotherapist

“It was the straw what did it” said the camel herder after his beloved Dromedary friend had collapsed on the floor with back pain. Forgetting the countless treks to and fro and the tones of dry grass place upon its hump, our herder simply believed that the last piece of straw he placed on the camel was the cause of all its problems. Now, you and I know this is not the case. How could it be? The correct answer is usually the obvious one.

In clinic I see plenty of golfers with lower back pain and I see plenty of lower back pain caused by playing golf. For the regular golfer I would suggest these two things were entwined. An obvious correlation you may think. Me too! But I am continually surprised by the small amount of blame given, by golfers, to the act of actually playing golf for their back pain.

It is time to stop doing yourselves an injustice. Golf is not a sedentary sport. The golf swing is a ballistic rotational movement that requires a huge effort from your musculoskeletal system. For most of us we are required to do this 80, 90 even 100 times during the course of a round. Think about that for a moment, 90 attempts at asking your lower back to be stable whilst your upper body accelerates into rotation at speeds of 80 MPH. Wow, it’s amazing we don’t all have back pain. Or is it?

Here at Marple Physio I offer a comprehensive screening programme devised by Titleist. Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. I am also a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist. This combination means you get the best possible care for your lower back problems, in fact for any aches or pains your body has to offer.

The screen involves an hour long session where you will be asked to perform a number of specific movements and postures. Your golf swing will then be captured and analysed. You will then be given a written report alongside a detailed verbal explanation of your mechanical problems. I will devise   an exercise programme for you to follow. If you require any manual treatments we will arrange for you to come to the clinic and you will be seen by me.  The process is repeated until I am happy you are at your optimum level. Your swing will again be captured and analysed so we can see the gains you have made

“Imagine being pain free on a daily basis and improving your game play.”