Four tips to follow if you are golfing with spinal stenosis

After golfing for several years, some individuals find that they are unable to perform as they used to due to neck or back pain. For some, this pain may be caused by spinal stenosis, a condition where the patient experiences a reduction of space within the spinal canal. Those who play golf may find themselves at a higher risk for developing spinal stenosis since the repetitive twisting and bending motions demanded by golf can cause the components of the spine to degenerate at a faster rate than what is typical of non-golfers.

Golfing with spinal stenosis

Golfers who find themselves suffering from spinal stenosis will likely be frustrated because their bodies cannot keep up with what their minds want to do. However, with some slight modification, it may be possible to enjoy this sport in spite of having spinal stenosis. If you wish to continue golfing while you undergo spinal stenosis treatment, here are some things to consider:

  1. Have an open discussion with your physician about whether or not golfing with spinal stenosis will cause your condition to worsen. He or she may also be able to provide individualized tips to help you safely work golfing back into your day-to-day life.
  2. Practicing good form while golfing can help minimize the stress placed on the spine. For this reason, it may be beneficial to take a lesson or two from a professional who can help correct any problems with your form.
  3. Listen to what your body is telling you. While working golf back into your routine after a spinal stenosis diagnosis, it may be necessary to start slow rather than jumping back into a full 18 holes of golf.
  4. Enlist the help of a caddy to transport your gear from hole to hole to reduce any unnecessary weight or stress on your spine.

Spinal stenosis treatment at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform minimally invasive outpatient surgeries for patients with spinal stenosis. Our procedures utilize muscle-sparing techniques that lead to shorter recovery times and reduced risk of complications than open neck or back surgeries.^ To learn if you are a candidate for minimally invasive outpatient surgery to treat your spinal stenosis, contact Laser Spine Institute today and our team will be glad to review your MRI at no cost.*

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