Originally Posted by dfreuter415
I, too, have lower back problems, and would never presume to be able to diagnose anyone's back issues, but here is something that has been successful for me....
Yeah, same here. I don't even like recommending a particular ball or driver ... I'm sure as heck not going to recommend against surgery for something I know nothing about, but I also have a story:
Ever since my mid 20's I've had back problems. Up until about age 30 (2003) it wasn't anything big, just a sore nuisance, basically. Then one morning that year, I was tying my shoes, something happened, and then I could barely move without excruciating pain. Long story short, it was a couple of herniated discs (L4-L5 and L3-L4). There was a chiropractor near my office, so I went there for awhile (6 months or so) until I basically got the impression that it would only continue to help keep the pain away as long as I never stopped going. Well, obviously, that $$$ adds up quickly, so next I went to an ortho doctor. He sent me to a spine specialist who gave me a series of epidural steroid injections. Those worked very well ... for a time. The first time I went (3 separate injections over 5 weeks) it kept the pain away for about 8 months. I tried it again, and this time it kept the pain away for about a year or a little more. (I should mention at this point, that all this time, even when the pain was gone, the discomfort was always there, and among other things, golf was a low priority.) I went a third time, and this is where my memory gets a little fuzzy. I can't remember if I got a third series of injections or not. I'm pretty sure I did, but regardless, the last time (whether it was the 2nd series or a 3rd) they lasted another year or so, and when the pain started coming back, it wasn't quite as bad as the last. This time instead of another round of injections, the doctor sent me to a physical therapist. (When I asked him about surgery, he was adamant that he would not recommend surgery until I basically could not move, at all) I went to the therapist for about 8 or 10 weeks, twice a week, for exercises, PT, a massage, and E-stim.
Bottom line: It has been close to 2 full years since I have last been to the therapist (I started in March 2011, so it would have been May-ish that I last visited) and the pain has stayed away - the discomfort is still there, and probably always will be, but nothing debilitating. And since October 2011 I have golfed more than I ever have in my life. I still do exercises and stretches (cobra, supermans, planks, that sort of thing - although not as much as I should). The only other thing I do is take Advil prior to playing golf, or doing anything else active.
Whatever you decide ... good luck, I hope it all works out for you!