Do you suffer from lower back pain? If so, you’re not alone. Lower back pain is a common golf injury. In fact, 28.1 percent of all players suffer from lower back pain, says a recent report from TPI, which surveyed over 31,000 players. It’s also among the most common injuries pro golfers suffer. One report says about 23 percent of golfers deal with lower back pain.
But while your lower back is the site of the pain, it’s not usually the cause of it. Unusual motions in other parts of the body force the lower back to work excessively hard, creating pain. Often, it’s the lack of mobility in hips, thoracic spine, and shoulders that are the cause of the unusual motion. These moving parts working against each other can cause improper swing mechanics – which puts strain on the lower back.