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Golf and Low Back Pain

As with so many health conditions, a little effort to prevent back injury and low back pain goes a long way.  Three key areas of prevention for the sport of golf include: warm-up, swing, and bio mechanics.

1. Warm-up before playing golf to prevent low back pain

Going directly to the tee at 7:00 AM, pulling out the driver, and then proceeding to try to hit the cover off the ball is probably the surest way to sprain one’s back muscles and result in low back pain.  Instead, a thorough warm-up before starting to golf-including stretching and easy swings-is critical for the muscles to get ready for the game.  Simply touching toes and easy turns is the beginning.

2. Practice swinging before playing golf to prevent low back pain

The objective of a golf swing is to develop significant clubhead speed, and to do this a lot of torque and torsion is applied to the low back.  Golfers should emphasize a smooth, rhythmic swing, as this produces less stress and low back pain.

With a proper swing, the shoulder, pelvis (hip), and thoracolumbar segments (chest and lower spine) rotate to share the load of the swing.  The shoulder and hip turn, along with the wrist snap, will produce more clubhead velocity than a stiff arm swing.

3. Good balance

While golfing is achieved by slightly bending the knees and keeping the feet approximately shoulder-width apart, the spine should be straight, and the golfer should bend forward from the hips.  Weight should be distributed evenly on the balls of the feet.

As most golfers will agree, while developing an easy, fluid swing may be desirable in terms of reducing stress to the low back and preventing low back pain, this is often easier than done.  To avoid a low back injury, beginners would be well advised to work with a golf pro when starting out, since most aspects of a golf swing are not natural or intuitive.  Additionally, golf lessons may be useful for senior golfers who have decreased flexibility and strength. 


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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