Staying Pain Free This Golf Season in Medina

Staying Pain Free This Golf Season in Medina

Chiropractic Medina OH Golf Injury

As high as 41% of rotational athletes experience low back pain. It is the most common complaint in golfers. The most common swing characteristic to cause low back pain is the reverse spine angle. In this swing the golfer leans towards their lead foot and creating an upper body dominant swing. About 38% of golfers have this swing characteristic. Creating the right warmup program to get these things functioning for your round can be the difference in having the best score card and making it out without back pain.

When golfers are stiff in their spine, they find it difficult to separate their pelvis from upper body. This can limit shoulder mobility in their back swing causing excessive leaning to get the club up. Decreased spinal motion and tight lats are usually the culprit in this scenario, both of which can be tested and treated here at Medina Sports and Family Chiropractic.

Second common cause of this excessive leaning is inadequate hip mobility. As the golfer loads into their back leg in the backswing, internal rotation of the hip is mandatory. If this movement is unavailable to them, then a lateral sway may occur. Any lateral movement during the backswing will force the spine to tilt into backward bend and create this characteristic, the reverse spine angle.  Hip rotation and treatments are also treatable here in clinic.

Thirdly, core is obviously key in being successful in any sport. Spine stability is directly proportional to core strength. Having a strong core, mainly the abdominals and glutes, allows us to keep our golf posture forward through the golf swing. A weak core would be compensated by us leaning back and losing power and speed through the swing. This weak core can also give us excessive anterior tilt of the pelvis, commonly referred to as “lower cross syndrome”. Though this may be the persons normal posture and should not be explored too much, we can still mess with the positioning of the pelvis and see if that decreases your symptoms.

Treatments

When it comes to increasing mobility, adjustments for lumbar rotation and thoracic extension would be perfect in this scenario. When we adjust, we restore motion in “stiff” joints, just to keep it simple. Increasing latissimus dorsi range of motion is another part for this point. Shown below are a few exercises to help with spinal range of motion: Open books (first picture), wall angels (second picture), Lat stretch with thoracic mobility (fourth picture).

Chiropractic Medina OH Stretches

Increasing hip range of motion will be a combination of mobility exercises and glute strengthening because we also need that stability when we load into the leg. I like to use these two glute exercises for strengthening and I love using PNF exercises because they mimic the golf swing so accurately (not pictured). If you cramp with the glute exercises that tells us that you are not engaging them and having to compensate with your hamstrings. There’s no need to get fancy or overcomplicate these. If someone is having difficulty loading into the hip, I will add in unilateral exercises. One of my favorites is adding weights to one side of a barbell and doing squats or deadlift. Using your core to stay upright and really having to press through the lower extremity will engage the joints and muscles needed.

Chiropractic Medina OH Stretches

For core strengthening we can go in many different realms of thought. I will keep this basic and add in progressions for a challenge. Dead bug progressions are a great place to start. This challenges slings going across your core to stabilize with movement, perfect for golfers. These are just two types of the exercise, we can also add

Chiropractic Medina OH Stretches

Keep in mind that there are 11 other swing characteristics, and they can all coexist! Dr. Tyler Kaye at Medina Sports and Family Chiropractic is trained to put you through a screen and identify these things and prescribe you corresponding exercises and treatments. Let’s get through this season injury free and improve your game. Make an appointment to be put through the screen and get treatment the very first day!


Citation

  • Liebenson, C. (2020). Rehabilitation of the spine a patient-centered approach. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer.
  • TPI Level 1 certification course

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