Written by: Stephen P. Banco, MD, FAAOS
Board-Certified, Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon
Low back and leg pain are common complaints among recreational golfers. These conditions can significantly impact the golfer’s ability to play the game and may also affect their daily activities. Low back pain is often caused by strain or injury to the muscles, ligaments, or discs in the lower back, while leg pain may be caused by compression or irritation of the nerves in the lower back or legs. Golfers may be particularly susceptible to these conditions due to the repetitive and asymmetrical nature of the golf swing, which places a significant amount of stress on the lower back and legs.
Treatment for low back and leg pain in the recreational golfer typically involves a combination of conservative measures, such as rest, ice, and physical therapy, and more invasive interventions, such as injections or surgery. In many cases, non-surgical interventions can effectively alleviate pain and improve function, allowing the golfer to return to the course. Physical therapy is a particularly effective option, as it can help improve strength, flexibility, and biomechanics, which can reduce the risk of injury and improve golf performance.
Prevention is also key when it comes to low back and leg pain in the recreational golfer. Golfers should engage in regular exercise and stretching to improve strength and flexibility, as well as work with a golf coach or physical therapist to ensure proper swing mechanics and posture. Proper equipment, including golf shoes and clubs that are well-suited to the golfer’s body type and swing, can also help reduce the risk of injury.
In summary, low back and leg pain are common issues among recreational golfers, and can significantly impact both golf performance and daily activities. Treatment typically involves a combination of conservative and invasive interventions, with physical therapy being a particularly effective option. Prevention, including regular exercise, stretching, and proper swing mechanics, is key to reducing the risk of injury and maintaining a healthy and enjoyable golf game.