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Old 04-05-2009, 01:36 PM
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Back Pain

Just wondering if anyone experiences back pain after playing 18+ holes.

I am 35 years old, relatively new player (I've been playing since August '08), who drives RHBH. I am very conscientious of form and technique.

The pain is in the lower back, above where the spine connects to the pelvis. Mostly, it's just a dull ache that lessens somewhat if I take a few days off. On days that I play many holes or if I am working on driving, I have an additional sharper pain just to the right of my spine in the lower back.

I use an X-step and I feel like the pain has something to do with my plant (right) foot rotation.

Anyone else have a similar problem?
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:49 PM
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Yep - it's only a sign of utilizing muscles that you're not used to using when you twist through your throws. It goes away if you play regularly. I only notice it if i take two weeks off without a round. It's kind of similar to having soreness in your throwing arm if you don't play for awhile.

You have to remember that you are subjecting your body to a motion that is different/unique in nature only to the sport you play and not necessarily your everyday routine. Like any activity that keeps you moving, it takes time to develop the muscles that you are using. STRETCH after your round - it helps me anyway!
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Old 04-05-2009, 03:50 PM
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It always helps to stretch before, during, and after a round. I had horrible back problems for a while. A little Yoga in the morning whipped me right into shape. Sounds kind of fruity but it works. Good luck!
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:00 PM
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Hi Madrast;

BOY!! can I relate to what you're going through. The following is based only on my experience.

A bulging spinal disk can put pressure on its nerve and cause pain. The mechanics of throwing a disc hard will cause probably cause exaggerated movement and unusual pain. (I'm guessing about the movement but is seems logical to me.) If the disk isn't too bulged bad the nerve will eventually scar and the pain will subside. Many people live quite normal lives with a bulging disc or two. I did for several years. (Too bad for me that I herniated a disc and needed surgery. More excruciating than I can describe. The surgery that is.)

As for the sharp pain the the right, if it is at the hip joint that is likely your sciatic nerve. You can easily hyper-extend this nerve and pop it out of place, particularly if you are planting your right foot out far. (That's what I did and how I did it.) Bending over to my left stretching before playing helps me. But I have to stretch gently or I can make it worse. Walking around a bit helps too.

The best over the counter thing I've found for the pain is Ibeuprofin (?sp). It reduces swelling and takes the pressure off the nerves in the back. I never take it before playing, only after. This way it won't mask any injury I may sustain while playing. My preferred pain remedy is a glass of whisky and a nap after 18 holes.

To prevent future pain I do an exercise that I was taught in rehab. I take a filled soda can and extend my arm forward at shoulder height. I take my free hand and place my fingers between the joints in my spine. Then I rotate the bottle slowly making 10" diameter circles (my shoulder being the top of the circle.) making sure I can feel the muscles in the joints working. This teaches you to use the proper muscles to hold up your back. I do this most every night before bed.

I'm also very careful about what I lift and how I lift it. Lastly, if you have a gut, get rid of it. I got up to 300# and carrying that around was part of my problem. Following is a link that I found helpful when I had the disc surgery. It'll lead you to other links on that site. Pretty good info there.

If I'd known I was going to love this long I'd have taken better care of myself. HTH

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/herniated-disk/DS00893
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:06 PM
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It always helps to stretch before, during, and after a round. I had horrible back problems for a while. A little Yoga in the morning whipped me right into shape. Sounds kind of fruity but it works. Good luck!
Fruity? Dude, Ballet works even better and there isn't anything harder to do on earth. I boxed and ran ultramarathons. Ballet class is tougher.

Fruity, my a$$.

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Old 04-05-2009, 04:13 PM
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I was just joking! I would have to say though that ballet is way fruitier than Yoga! I would hate to meet you in a dark alley, if you boxed and ran marathons. That you make you a guy that could kick my ass that I couldn't run away from.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:39 PM
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i did yesterday after playing 3 rounds of 18 but a heating pad takes care of any sore muscles.
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Old 04-06-2009, 05:40 PM
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back issues are hard to deal with, but i agree stretching is soooooooooooo important. I broke my back a year ago and had a 4 disc (not the kind you throw) fusion operation, and making myself stretch and improving my flexability was the only way for me to play comfortably again. Also stretching your hamstrings can take a lot of stress off of your lower back, and also, strengthening your abs will not only take some strain off of your back but will also help get more hip action in your drive. Good luck hope the ache's stop
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:02 PM
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so ive had a few experiences heurting my back driving, ive always felt the pain in the lower right part of my back. after a lot of thought i found that it was because i didnt quite follow through w the left side of my body completely, i would just kinda stop halfway and my back would be left to absorb all that torque! try to maybe chase the disc w your left hand as u release it, this will make the left side of your body follow thru better. i started being more concious of my follow through and immediately on the first throw i felt much less pain! and wouldnt u know it? i was throwin further as well! hope this helps!
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Old 04-06-2009, 06:58 PM
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back issues are hard to deal with, but i agree stretching is soooooooooooo important. I broke my back a year ago and had a 4 disc (not the kind you throw) fusion operation, and making myself stretch and improving my flexability was the only way for me to play comfortably again. Also stretching your hamstrings can take a lot of stress off of your lower back, and also, strengthening your abs will not only take some strain off of your back but will also help get more hip action in your drive. Good luck hope the ache's stop
Yes...I know I am not too flexible, especially in my hamstrings. I'm gonna devote more time to pre and post round stretching. Thanks for the advice.
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