There are ways in which the golfer can reduce injury but understanding that, Dr. Rivera says, "From a physiology of movement standpoint I can come up with only a few other sports where we purposely stress the low back structure worse."
First, learn how to swing a club properly. Take lessons from a pro. Get the right equipment, the right shoes, pick the right day to golf. Forget the beer, cigar, and the cart; plan on walking the course instead of riding. Stretch before the game. There is a stretching routine plated in just about every clubhouse locker out there. Follow it; it works. Dr. Abraham Rivera, Medical Director of Physician Partners of America, says, "If your back starts hurting, that is the time to quit. Right there, right now. There is no 'working through the pain' with your back. At the first sign of low back pain, is time to stop. Stay hydrated, walk to your cart, and do not carry the bag in your back. There is no wisdom of carrying a bag with a hurt back."
Muscle and tendon detachment usually occur with rough or forceful golf swings. Disc injuries can occur, very simply by swinging abnormalities. Low back pain can be caused by not enough gentle stretching. If any of these problems occur, see a pain specialist immediately for further diagnosis.
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