Yup, it is true. For about 5 days, I have nursed a back injury. It happened the last time I was out on the links. After the 16th hole, I felt my back suddenly get tight on the lower right side of my back. Additionally, I felt tightness through out my right hip and as such have kept it cool for the past few days. I actually cancelled two rounds (Wednesday and Thursday) which is rare for me, but it was the smart thing to do! I am on the road to recovery and let me explain what I am doing.
I felt the first initial twinge when driving in the golf cart. I hit a bump and as I was coming done, the cart hit another bump. I hit the seat pretty hard and it is then I felt a sharp twinge. On the next tee, I could not even swing the golf club as I pulled my shot left. As I limped in with a bogey, bogey finish (for a total of 3 over par 74) I was really feeling discomfort in my lower right side of my back.
Over the next two days, things tightened up even more. It is the nature of this injury and I have had it before. I actually think it has more to do with my right hip than anything else. However, I am focused on an overall recovery with special attention to the problem area.
My efforts for recovery are very simple and follow a proven method for fixing my injuries in the past. I take and anti-inflammatory, apply heat often, and stretch. That is it. I have found that my back is responding to this treatment.
Before I go any further, I will add my disclaimer that I am not a doctor, nor am I recommending you do any self-treatment without seeking professional medical advice. The above information was information to shape the scope of this article only.
As of today, I am feeling better. I will add that I am also adding activities around my yard like painting, light chores, yard maintenance, etc. I am not doing any heavy lifting, but am trying to include a full range of movement to keep my back and hip loose. Sitting all day is not the answer, neither is driving it hard getting things done.
So, there you have it. I am nursing a back injury and following my own advice. I would rather not golf for a day than a week, a week than a month, or a month than a year. You have heard this from me before, but it is very important. I am currently in the week than a month stage. I will not return to golf until I am pain free while swinging a golf club. It is the only sensible way to move forward.
On a brighter note, I did receive my two new wedges yesterday. I am replacing my Titleist Vokey Gap Wedge 52° and Lob Wedge 60°. They are the SM7 brand and will fit perfectly in my bag.
I will update you on my progress, but for now all is great, I am grateful, and my journey to scratch continues!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!