Don’t let your golf game cause back pain

The twisting motion of a golf swing can cause back pain. Golfers are particularly susceptible to lumbar strain and oblique abdominal strain.

Golfers can benefit from stretching the hips and trunk before and after playing. These stretches improve your ability to rotate your trunk. Core strengthening exercises can also help golfers avoid back pain, and should be done three to four times per week.

A physical therapist can evaluate inherent weaknesses that may contribute to muscle strains. The therapist can then tailor an individual exercise program to improve strength and flexibility. This reduces the risk of injury.