There’s nothing like spending the morning putting at a golf course. And, when the 3rd Annual Union City Lions Club Golf Tournament arrives, golfing enthusiasts will once again play to prove who the best is.
Of course, golf’s popularity isn’t new. According to 2006 data from The Economist, nearly 30 million Americans play golf. Furthermore, these avid players are responsible for creating a $70 billion-dollar industry.
There’s good reason to be hooked on golf. Per many health experts, a single game of golf can burn up to 1000 calories, which is great if you’re trying to lose weight or maintain a fit figure. The physical activity can also help you get a good night’s sleep, a crucial component of overall health. Plus, as all golfers know, being on the course and concentrating on your game can help you enter a stress-busting, zen-like state.
However, U.S. HealthWorks, which runs a Union City urgent care center, notes that golf is also a common cause of lower back pain, one of the most prevalent reasons for discomfort in the country.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), approximately 31 million people are suffering from back pain at any given time, and about 80% of the population will experience it at some point in their life. Furthermore, lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in the world, as stated by a study called “Global Burden of Disease 2010.”
Why exactly does golf cause back pain? First, swinging your golf club causes both your left and right hips to go into internal rotation. If you have stiff hips, your lower back might be strained because your body tries to compensate for your lack of hip mobility. Likewise, if your core (a.k.a. midsection) is weak, the joints in your lower back will also face increased tension.
Back Pain Self Care
If you do pull your back while playing golf, there are self care remedies you can try to alleviate pain.
Icing your back can help relax the strained muscles and thereby ease discomfort.
You can also take anti-inflammatory pain relievers to get relief. Luckily, there are many over-the-counter pain relievers for back pain.
Think Long Term
Since muscle weakness was likely the cause of your back pain, try to strengthen the muscles associated with your lower back. For instance, do exercises that target your abdominal, hip, and pelvic muscles.
Make sure to visit a trusted Union City walk-in clinic, if these steps do not alleviate your pain, or if you suffer from complications such as severe back pain, numbness in the legs, and loss of bladder control.
10 Ways to Manage Low Back Pain at Home, webmd.com
Limited Hip Mobility and Core Weakness: Causes of Lower Back Pain in Golfers, athletico.com