Denver back pain specialists

Golf swing causing lower back pain? Denver back pain specialists reveal how to Prevent, Treat and Recover Faster from back pain

They say golf is a lifelong sport, and many enjoy the game from childhood well into their later years. But if you feel lower back pain when you tee off, you may wonder how long your playing days will last. Whether your pain is chronic or you feel the occasional twinge when you try to hit the cover off the ball, make it a priority to diagnose and address your pain so you can enjoy the links as much as possible before the snow flies. Dr. Chris D’Ambrosia, one of the Denver back pain specialists at Advanced Orthopedics shares the keys to prevent, treat and recover faster.

Prevent Lower Back Pain

Prevention starts well before you show up at the course, with a strong core.  This is admittedly the “eat your vegetables” equivalent of preventing back pain, in that it’s not something you can accomplish the minute you decide to pick up a club.

A strong core takes commitment and time off the course, but don’t be discouraged, even a little improvement can go a long way. If you are not used to doing core exercises, start with a couple of basic exercises, like standing bicycle crunches or seated leg lifts – both are a great way to start working on your core without doing sit ups.  Once you master some basics you can add new moves to continue your progress.

You use your core in many everyday activities lifting a grocery bag or laundry basket – take advantage of these activities by concentrating on your core muscles.

When you arrive for a tee time, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to stretch and warm up. Too many people show up just minutes before their time and take their first swing on the #1 tee box. This is a surefire way to put unnecessary strain on your back. The pros know this better than anyone, and the PGA offers some great resources for stretching and core strength.

Denver back pain specialistsTreat Lower Back Pain

While most golf-related lower back pain, such as strains or sprains go away in days or weeks, more serious and sustained pain can be a sign of an injured disc or other condition.

If you have back pain that’s not going way, see a pro – a medical professional. Across Denver back pain specialists evaluate and diagnose your condition and work with you on a treatment plan. Dr. Michael Shen and I evaluate patients for back injuries and disorders and work with each patient to identify the right treatment approach, which may include physical therapy, therapeutic injections, or surgery when needed.

Recover Faster

This time of year, it’s hard for many to stay away from the course. But if you have an injury, be smart a take a few days’ rest to allow your body to heal.  Many minor strains will heal on their own with proper rest, ice and a little ibuprofen (such as Advil), which is an anti-inflammatory.

If you are working with Denver back pain specialists, approach it as a team effort. We bring the expertise; you bring the commitment. This is especially important if you want to minimize your down time. Physical therapy is frequently part of the plan and sticking to your PT plan makes a huge difference.  This typically includes a combination of stretches, strength exercises, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication.

There are more than 300 great public and private golf courses across Colorado, do your part to prevent and recover from back pain more quickly so you can experience all they have to offer.

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For diagnosis and treatment for low back pain, see us at our Denver or Parker location. Call for an appointment (303) 344-9090.

Source: Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Specialists: Denver back pain specialists.

Treatment Options for Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Dr. Comfort over the counter orthotics

Dr. Comfort’s Custom Inserts w/ EXOS Technology

The Exos over-the-counter orthotics have nylon over polyurethane top covers and the shell is made of Exos material. The Exos material is a revolutionary, thermoformable technology. The thermoformable material is light-weight, waterproof, can be easily cleaned and is radiolucent.

EXOS Custom functional Orthotics are a flexible alternative to other custom orthotics, because they can be quickly, conveniently adjusted as necessary.

EXOS Reformable Off-the-Shelf Orthotics are a personalized alternative to over-the-counter inserts pharmacies and shoe stores sell and they are available at Advanced Orthopedic whenever you need them.

The Exos over-the-counter orthotics can be used for:

• Everyday wear
• Plantar fasciitis
• Arch support

Call (303) 344-9090 to schedule a fitting appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions and Facts:

  • Saves you time and money by quickly heating to a re-formable temperature and quickly cooling. No need to send inserts back for minor changes.
  • Perfect for those difficult cases that seem to need constant adjustments.
  • Easy to adjust orthosis to fit into a shoe with different heel heights or shank variability. For example you fit it into one shoe but now patient comes in with a different shoe.

It is much thinner with comparable material response curves under load. The main difference is the lower thermo-formable temperature allows for quick adjustments. The carbon content makes it light weight but unlike other carbon orthotics it can bend to any curvature (deep heel cups) and is easy to grind.

No the patch temperature will hold around 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 3-4 minutes which is much too low to thermo-form other shell material.

As many times as needed.

Ideally a custom orthotic will fit the foot perfectly. However there are many sources for error in the production of a custom orthosis from the casting, prescription, and manufacture. In the odd case of an error the options are to send the orthosis back to the lab or in the case of EXOS you may be able to adjust the orthosis to fit the patient while the patient is there allowing the patient to leave with their orthosis.

The patch will reach temperature in 30 seconds but you should allow 2 minutes of patch to shell contact time to get the thermal energy into the EXOS material.

Two patches are shipped with each order but if more is needed we have 12 packs you can order.

There is no such thing as one material for all sizes so we do have a material response guide for all of our materials. In the case of EXOS the material will act more flexible with larger individuals. It will depend on what you are trying to achieve for your patient.

You can but there will be a greater chance you will overheat the device with the possibility of permanent damage to the material.

Yes. You can open the heel cup if the fat pad expands excessively at the heel. You can also easily re-position the rearfoot to forefoot relationship between varus and valgus.

Yes 4 different options from flexible, semi-flexible, semi-rigid to rigid.