Originally Posted by Zeph
I doubt your experience is similar to every kind of lower back pain anyone can experience.
I have a lot of experience with lower back issues, and not just my own. Every kind is a stretch but I have seen plenty of cases.
Originally Posted by RightEdge
I have always suffered from back spasms since an injury to my lower spine at an early age. Funny thing about spasms forming in the lower back is that you can be strong with a full range of motion and then all of a sudden it catches and your back goes completely out. You can't walk at all, can't even stand all the way up. All I could do was lean to the side of least resistance. It can also go away suddenly but you STILL don't quite trust it. I was walking to get my mom's mail one weekend about 12 years ago and got hit with a lower back spasm and fell backwards while walking and layed in the grass for a full 30 minutes before my mom looked out the window and saw me laying out there. and as Tiger said you CANNOT TWIST past maybe 40%-50%. At least for me anyway.
Tiger is not a kid or young. Extensive osteoarthritis causes increased frequency in flare ups and higher pain levels as you age.
Originally Posted by jbishop15
As a person who suffers from back pain, I can tell you with authority how random they can be. I get bad shooting pains down my legs one day and they're not there the next.
That is not unusual however your back is not usually ready to perform at a high level either I bet.
I agree that not all back pain is similar but for chronic issues, like Tiger's it is not a easy fix. Although it may have subsided some, I would bet he is heavily medicated and will probably aggravate it again during the tournament if it was as bad as it was portrayed during the WGC.