The weather is getting warmer and the country is beginning to open back up—this is good news for many reasons but especially because golfing season is upon us once again. Whether you’ve been patiently practicing your chipping at home in anticipation of this day, or you haven’t picked up a club in months, it’s an exciting time for golfers everywhere.But as you begin to get back out on the green, don’t forget to do so in a safe and healthy way. As Tiger Woods has shown, playing golf can cause some serious injuries, and back pain is chief among them.Follow these helpful tips to prevent golfing injuries, and help to heal them quickly if and when they do arise.
Why Do I Hurt My Back Golfing?
The main reason back injuries affect golfers so much is due to the repetitive, asymmetrical swinging motion that is such a key component of the game. This type of movement can adversely affect the lower back. Because you’re using one side of your body more than the other, it can also lead to an imbalance in posture which can cause further issues down the line.The good news is, there are some things you can do to help.
Build Up Core Strength
Think that core strength doesn’t have a large role to play in bettering your golf game? Think again. In fact, developing core strength endurance is one of the keys to being able to practice swinging better, for longer.Developing your core strength will both help with your swing, and help to prevent back injuries from occurring.
Performing stretches, even for a few minutes a day, can help to loosen your hips and stop them from pulling on your lower back. Glute bridges and hip extensions are both great ones to practice. See more on different types of stretches for golfers here.
What to Do When Back Pain Strikes
If you, like Tiger, have fallen victim to chronic back pain, it may be time for a more serious intervention. Now performed by Dr. Nicholas Qandah at CNY Brain and Spine Neurosurgery in New Hartford, NY, the so-called “Tiger Woods” surgery is a minimally invasive and highly effective procedure.Also known as an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion, or ALIF, the surgery involves the implantation of specialized Centinel Spine pain relief products in order to stabilize and restore optimal function to the patient’s spine. After recovering from his surgery, Tiger went on to win his first major in 11 years. As is evident, this is the gold standard in back pain surgery that offers life-changing results.
Visit CNY Brain & Spine
If you’re suffering from back pain and looking for effective and long-lasting relief, Dr. Nicholas Qandah at CNY Brain and Spine Neurosurgery can help. If you’d like to enquire about the Tiger Woods surgery or any of our other procedures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.