Golf is one of our favorite spring and summer sports here at Sioux Falls Chiropractic. Unfortunately, it can also be a painful sport if you don't watch your technique and keep your back in top shape. Regular chiropractic care, and critical care at the first onset of pain, can help to keep you on the green this summer!
Low Back Injuries Due to Golfing
Many of the injuries we see are due to the repetitive swinging movements that golfing requires. While some golfers may experience an acute or traumatic injury due to poor technique, the majority of golfers that we see have long-standing overuse injuries, and most often these cause low back pain.
Medical doctors have trouble offering much help with these low back injuries, and often they prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs and addictive opioid medications. These medications only mask pain and make it easier for golf enthusiasts to ignore the problem and suffer more serious issues later on such as sciatica and herniated discs. If left untreated, these conditions can escalate to the point where major back surgery is prescribed, killing future golf plans.
Why Does Golfing Often Cause Low Back Pain?
One simple word. Twisting. One of the biggest enemies of your low back is twisting. When you twist, your vertebrae are pulled from their correct position. While twisting your back is fine as an occasional activity, over time the repetative motions of your golf swing can damage your vertebrae and cause them to deviate from their proper positioning. This misalignment leads to inflammation in your discs and that puts extra pressure on the nerves in your back, which causes pain. Over time this damage can cause more serious and long-standing problems.
Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain
The good news is that chiropractic care is extraordinarily suited to treating back pain. Rather than focusing on the symptom of pain and treating with medication, chiropractic care focuses on the cause of the pain and eliminating those factors. Lower back pain is notoriously difficult to treat medically. In fact, it is one of the top reasons that medical doctors prescribe addictive opioid pain medications.
The only answers that traditional medicine has for low back pain is rest, muscle relaxers, pain medications and surgery. Chiropractic care offers a more natural option to help your body heal itself. Because a chiropractic adjustment realigns the spine, it naturally relieves the muscle tension and inflammation caused by misalignments, and it even can improve your natural swing through improved mobility. Get ready for more consistent, stable and powerful drives!
Sure, you've probably been to a golf shop and witnessed a drive analysis. But what about a drive analysis from a chiropractic perspective?
If there is a problem with your golf swing, we can offer sound advice on how to improve your form. When you come in for your appointment, bring your driver and ask your chiropractor to check your swing. We want to ensure that your form isn't what is causing your pain.
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