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Erik Dalton - Working With Golf Injuries
by Erik Dalton, Ph.D.

Because the golf swing involves an array of complex unilateral body movements, at some point virtually every golfer will experience an acute injury or chronic back pain.

Here are some recent stats:
- 53% of male and 45% of female golfers suffer low back pain.
- As many as 30% of professional golfers are playing injured.
- 33% of golfers are over the age of 50.
- Playing golf and another sport increases chance of injury by 40 percent.

Researchers conclude that a majority of injuries affecting male golfers originate in the low back and are related to improper swing mechanics and/or the repetitive nature of the swing.
Amateurs are typically injured due to improper swing mechanics whereas professionals suffer overuse injuries as they obsessively perform repeated strokes. When a high velocity rotary force couples with trunk sidebending (the crunch factor), the golfer’s spine and paravertebral tissues take a beating. It’s no wonder low back pain (LBP) is the most common myoskeletal complaint among golfers (Fig1).

To hit the ball a great distance, the body must have the ability to rotate into and maintain a wide arc throughout the swing (Fig 2). Manual therapy techniques that increase range of hip turn allow a decrease in the amount of shoulder turn, thus reducing the amount of trunk flexion and sidebending during the downswing.

Sounds easy to fix? Maybe…BUT, before jumping in and mobilizing the adhesive hip capsules, the therapist must first restore proper secondary curves to the cervical and, particularly… the lumbar spine. Too much or too little curve creates excessive torsional and compressive loads at the thoracolumbar and lumbosacral junctions.

Fortunately, there are usually only a couple of (non-surgical) things that lead to a golfer’s back pain:
1. muscle imbalances, and,
2. joint dysfunction.


One must rule these out first before an orthopedists comes up with some rare and scary diagnosis. The myoskeletal approach begins by correcting lower crossed muscle imbalance patterns and then assessing and restoring joint play to fixated lumbar and thoracic facet joints.

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