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Golf and Back Pain 

There are 30 million golfers in the United States. Studies show that more than 80 percent of these players experience back pain or injury at some point while actively playing golf. Because the golf swing is a very unnatural movement for the lower back 4 out of every 5 golfers experience back pain or "golf back."

Swinging a driver or three iron at speeds of up to 100 mph while turning, twisting and pulling can be extremely traumatic to the entire torso let alone just the lower back.

The golf swing isn't the only aspect of playing the sport that causes golf back pain. There is a lot of walking in golf, even if you take a cart. You have to walk up hills, down hills, and all over the uneven surfaces of the average course. In addition at other times you have to swing and torque your body while positioning yourself on unstable surfaces like hills, tree roots, or sand. Perhaps the worst part of golf for your back though is the simple act of standing. There is a lot of standing around in golf, and just like in everyday life when someone stands they usually shift weight to one side of their body. This tends to tighten muscles on one side while relaxing muscles on the other side. Next, the player moves to the tee box and soon starts swinging away again, causing trauma to both sides. Once he finally makes his way to the green he is then bent over lining up and standing awkwardly over the ball while trying to sink a putt. All of these movements put tremendous stress on the lower back resulting in golf back pain or "golf back."

When a player experiences back pain during a round of golf, their scores suffer and their enjoyment is taken away from the game. Back, neck, shoulder and elbow pain will sabotage any golf swing and ruin the golf experience. It shouldn't be that way and it doesn't have to. Regular chiropractic treatment can help alleviate golf back pain and get your game to where it is supposed to be.

Chiropractic Treatment for Golf

Golf back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, in particular in older golfers.  However, back pain isn't the only pain golfers tend to suffer.  Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are all common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic treatment could be the answer many golfers are searching for while trying to rid themselves of golf back pain.  There are several treatment measures that a golf chiropractor can employ when treating specific golf injuries or when using preventative chiropractic medicine.

Regular chiropractic treatments not only accomplish the goal of injury treatment and prevention, they can greatly improve a player's game and score.  Healthy, strong, and loose backs perform better on the golf course.  It's as simple as that. Be sure to check out  improve your golf game with chiropractic and other articles on this site to learn how doctors of chiropractic can add yards to your drive while shaving strokes off your score.

Golf Chiropractors.com is a directory of chiropractors that focus on treating golf related injuries as well as preventing them.  This focus sets them apart from other doctors of chiropractic as they will provide the golfer with golf-specific treatment and preventative medicine.  Some of those listed may even provide nutrition advice.  Just find your state and then find the DC that is closest to your location and start to play golf pain-free.


Idaho Chiropractic Group:  Dr. Corey Matthews and DR. Timothy Klena

403 S. 11th #110 Boise, Idaho 83702   208-343-6900