Herniated disc golf is a real spoiler for people who truly enjoy the game, yet are afraid of injuring themselves, or re-injuring themselves, while participating. Back pain and golf have a notorious intimate relationship, although the reasons for this are not always what they seem to be.
One thing is for sure, in order to get back into the swing, literally, you have to be able to concentrate on your game without the worry caused by a disc injury in your spine. This is easier said than done.
This discussion will provide recommendations on how to still enjoy golf, despite a positive disc protrusion diagnosis. Learn how disc pathologies can be exacerbated by golf and what you can do to minimize your chances for injury.
Herniated discs are not usually painful or problematic. However, they do take the unfair blame for causing symptoms in many patients. While it is true that a minority of herniations can certainly be agonizing, especially when they first occur due to traumatic injury, they do not usually cause the chronic and treatment-resistant types of back, neck and sciatic nerve pain often blamed upon them.
Golf does not inherently cause back pain, although the wear and tear associated with the game can indeed hasten some types of spinal degeneration and aggravate pre-existing injuries.
Luckily, most of these mild to moderate degenerative concerns are normal and not the source of any worry or pain whatsoever. Understanding this basic truth will help get you back on that golf course in no time.
Golfers are known to suffer from lower back pain. However, this is not always due to anatomical issues sourced by strain-producing activity or overuse during the game, although these diagnostic causations may be accurate in some cases. Instead, a lesser considered reason for the symptoms often comes down to the personality profile demonstrated by the average golfer. Avid players are perfectionistic and self motivated. They are self-critical and have a strong desire to succeed in all things. This is normal on the golf course. These are also the verified personality traits clinically proven to contribute to psychosomatic herniated disc pain.
It is not the golf swing that is causing many instances of pain; it is simply the way the person is arranged emotionally. While I can not say this psychoemotional model applies to all golfers with back and neck pain, it certainly does have a good chance of representing many, especially those with pain which has not responded to seemingly proper treatments.
There is no coincidence that so many golfers have been successfully treated for TMS by Dr. John Sarno.
Golf is a difficult game on your spine. The force of a drive is considerable, but is not inherently dangerous. Golf provides an ideal nocebo effect. It is obviously exertive and makes a perfect scapegoat on which to blame symptoms. However, it is not a given that golf caused your pain or will exacerbate it.
Muscular injuries are a part of the game, but herniated discs and golf can co-exist in perfect harmony. The first step is to learn the facts about herniated discs and then realize that golf, or any other athletic endeavor, may not be the actual culprit for your pain. If the misery is indeed anatomical, it should be easy to cure using appropriate herniated disc treatments. However, if the pain lingers despite care and time, it is far more likely to be the result of a regional ischemia process.
In these circumstances, the internal and external cautions about your golf game are unnecessary parts of the conditioning process common to every chronic pain syndrome and hold little, if any, validity at all.