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If you have lumbar spinal stenosis, you may be wondering if playing golf is a good idea. If you’ve had a spinal stenosis surgery, you may even wonder if golf is possible.

The answer for many is yes, but there are a number of considerations to keep in mind.

First, recognize that golfing is not really the best thing for your low back. The golf swing imparts a tremendous amount of stress to your lumbar spine. If you are going to return to golf, be willing to accept that there is some risk of injury to the low back.

That being said, if you do decide to hit the greens, here are several things you can do to help reduce your chances of injury and hopefully enhance your enjoyment of the game:

  1. When you hit the ball, hit it with about 50 to 75% of the force you would normally use.
  2. Wear a back brace for support. It will serve as a constant reminder that you have a back problem. It will also keep your lower back warm, which helps keep the muscles and soft tissues loose. The support will also limit the motion of your low back enough to protect it somewhat. You can find options for low back braces at most pharmacies, and you don’t need a prescription.
  3. If the doctor says it’s OK, take ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) about a half hour before playing.
  4. Warm up carefully and thoroughly with gentle stretching. This will encourage nutrient-rich blood to flow into the muscles in and around your back, which will help protect your lower back against further injury.
  5. Consider switching your swing to the “natural golf” method, as it will reduce stress on your low back. You may also want to have a few lessons with a golf pro to see if you need to make any adjustments to your golf swing.
  6. Finally, most doctors stress that if your leg pain or other symptoms flare up, take a break from golf for at least a few weeks and return to gentle strengthening and stretching exercises.

Your overall health, your specific stenosis diagnosis—and, if you’ve had surgery, the type of stenosis surgery that was performed—will also dictate to some extent if and when you can return to golf. As always, it’s important to discuss your individual situation with your doctor.

SOURCE: http://www.spine-health.com/blog/tips-golfing-after-spinal-stenosis-surgery

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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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