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    Back pain question

    Not real sure if this is the correct forum to post in but...

    Iím very very new to the game of golf, been practicing for about 2 months now. Iíve noticed when I go to the range and hit 100 or so balls I get back pain right underneath and around my left shoulder blade.

    In this general area..



    Now Iím not sure if Iím not rotating my hips enough on my back swing and itís causing that muscle in that particular area to stretch farther than normal and thatís why itís inflamed or not. If anyone could give me some tips that would be greatly appreciated.

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    Sadly, as someone who is 32 with the back of a 52 year old, this creeps up.

    100 golf balls is a lot to swing but their have been days where I'd hit 150+ to try and find something...

    I don't really have an answer but personally I swear by IcyHot with Lidocaine, Advil, Marijuana(after the round), Chiropractor, and once in awhile I'll see a massage therapist.

    If I play back to back days then typically I'll take 2 advil before the round with some IcyHot and I'll be good to go. Just what works for me.
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    Go see a chiropractor first, then he can tell you best. I deal with lower back pain quite a bit and chiropractor fixes me right up. I stretch alot also.
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    stretch a lot before swinging any club...unfortunately I am dealing with the same issues in my neck and shoulder..my PT recommended stretching both areas and tylenol, alleve, etc for muscle pain before the round and after as needed..Good Luck!

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    So much can be going on. Could be an action in your swing that is causing wear and tear in that area over the course of 100 swings (which is quite a bit for a beginner). Could be a weak area in your back that needs some extra attention to strengthen. Could be a pulled muscle that needs time to heal.

    Either way, my recommendation would be to scale down on how many balls you hit for the mean time. Don't overdue it. You won't be doing yourself any favors if you do.
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    I'm on the same boat as you. I'm 36 and I've had lower back pain for about 2 years now. I haven't played golf in 6 months but when I did, after a round my back flared up like crazy. Stretch a lot before and after.

    I've been using this for 3 weeks now for just everyday purpose and seems like it helps a little: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0131AXO8K...0DAJJAR3&psc=0

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    I squat and deadlift on a weekly basis and manage to play good just fine. Have you considered just getting stronger?
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    Ice, then heat. Maybe an NSAID before hitting the range along with stretching. Plenty of rest between range sessions. After a while, the muscles will strengthen and the pain will get less. If not, see a sports medicine specialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blugold View Post
    I squat and deadlift on a weekly basis and manage to play good just fine. Have you considered just getting stronger?
    I workout a couple times a week

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    Thread is going in two different directions.

    I've had two low back surgeries and it still gives me troubles but committing to physical therapy and strength training is what got me back on track.

    BUT...what the OP has circled in that picture has nothing to do with it. It's not a back injury, there's a million little muscles under the scapula and you probably just have a mini-tear or some acute inflammation. It's a nuisance but it can happen to anyone and it will go away with the typical advice...ice, heat, stretching, Icy Hot, Advil, etc. You have to ease up on it though for a few weeks so skip the range. I had it back in the winter, it sucked but it's all gone now.

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    I also have back problems. For me, I have an extra rib on one side that did not grow and wrap around as a rib should. Instead it turned and went down and is close to my pelvis at the tip. This causes my back to be off balance and my muscles on one side will try and compensate for it and leave me very tight or with a knot in it. There are times I can't even stand up straight it is so stiff. Believe it or not, mine feels best when I am playing golf. I think I just loosen up the muscles while I am actively playing. If I stop or my round ends, 20 minutes or so is all it takes for it to get extremely tight every single time. I can always tell how I am going to play each day by how it feels though. For me, I stretch quite a bit before I play and if I feel it tightening up some during a round I take a short break at a tee box and stretch again. I also see a Chiropractor when needed but typically find this makes it really tight for a few days before it loosens back up. If you are taking lessons, tell your pro what you are feeling and he/she may see something in your swing that is either causing or contributing to the issue.

    I have really small weak wrists and not the largest hands either and when I first started playing if I hit a bucket of balls I could not hold a club in my hands for 3 days they would be so sore. If I did something really stupid and had a bad mishit sometimes I would get a light sprain in my wrist as well. I told my pro what was going on and he took me out on the range with some clubs he had with graphite shafts instead of steel. We proceeded to hit a bucket of balls with those during a lesson and he called me that evening and asked how I felt. No pain, no soreness, no stiffness. Switched to graphite shafted everything and never had a problem since. Not the same problem of course but what I am getting at is sometimes a pro can find a solution to the problem.
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    if i'm not mistaken, op isn't asking about lower back issues. he's asking about something that looks like rhomboids. that's a problem area for me, sometimes after i play golf. but for me, a chiro (take it for what it's worth) diagnosed it as an issue with hip alignment and an imbalance of stress on the muscles that are attached to the pelvis. since going to him, that area has been more pain free than i can ever remember. however, it's still a process. i'm also working on strengthening core, which may be contributing to the relief.

    i don't personally think it's a move with your golf swing; i just think it's an issue related to something else that is maybe aggravated by the golf swing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McLovin View Post
    if i'm not mistaken, op isn't asking about lower back issues. he's asking about something that looks like rhomboids. that's a problem area for me, sometimes after i play golf. but for me, a chiro (take it for what it's worth) diagnosed it as an issue with hip alignment and an imbalance of stress on the muscles that are attached to the pelvis. since going to him, that area has been more pain free than i can ever remember. however, it's still a process. i'm also working on strengthening core, which may be contributing to the relief.

    i don't personally think it's a move with your golf swing; i just think it's an issue related to something else that is maybe aggravated by the golf swing.
    Yeah itís definitely not lower back pain at all. Itís one isolated spot. But I scheduled an appointment for the chiropractor. Gonna see what he says.

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    I feel your pain.

    If I stretch improperly pre-round, my back just kills me afterwards. That dreaded spasm pops up once in a while and it just lays me out.

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    I've had similar where actually my rib head pops out.. also causes bad headaches.. I 2nd the chiro/pt suggestion really, and some PT places have a chiro in there

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