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Golf and Low Back Pain

Golf and Low Back Pain -- Dr. Brian Lee, PT, DPT

Low back pain is as an extremely common condition, not only to golfers, but to the population as a whole. It is estimated that about 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point.

I believe that education is one of the most powerful tools in managing back pain and keeping it from coming back. Understanding your condition and receiving the right information can go a long way in getting you back on the course.

Here, I’ve posted some information on the anatomy of the low back. Knowing what structures there are and how your spine works can help you to better understand your treatment.

The lumbar spine consists of 5 bones called vertebrae (L1-L5). The vertebrae (bones) connect to one another through their articulation at the facet joints and also through cushioning called intervertebral discs. These structures are meant to protect the spinal nerve roots and spinal cord in the back. With an injury, there can be irritation to one or multiple of these structures. (What’s not shown here are the muscles).

The good news is that most back pain will go away on its own with good self care! however I’m a huge proponent of seeing your local physical therapist to implement a plan of action to 1) help you manage your acute symptoms, and 2) keep the issue from coming back!

This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be substituted for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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