CHICAGO, April 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are one of the 30 to 50 percent of all golfers struggling with back and neck pain, you might benefit from a new study that will help you out of the medical bunker and back on the course. Golfers needing minimally invasive spine surgery are being recruited for a new return-to-play study by the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.
The new study, headed by Dr. Kern Singh, co-director of the Institute, along with co-director, Dr. Frank Phillips, in cooperation with Joe Estes, PT, DPT, CGFI, physical therapist and golf fitness instructor for Athletico Physical Therapy, involves three-dimensional motion analysis to evaluate a golfer's game before and after the spine procedure.
Study participants, who include neck and back patients that require surgery, are evaluated at Athletico's Golf Performance Center in Oak Brook, IL, where staff is utilizing a state-of-the-art simulator to analyze a golfer's swing, strength and flexibility. The patient's techniques will be measured before surgery and then again six weeks, three months and six months following the procedure.
"The swing analysis software allows us to look at the efficiency and sequencing patterns of the golf swing, apply data to these components and compare it to the normal range for golfers," says Estes,
"We will be measuring a number of variables, including swing velocity and distance; hip rotation; carry distance of the ball and club head speed," explains Dr. Singh, who is one of the foremost surgeons in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery. "Having such detailed information will allow us to define expectations following surgery, as well as protocols for safe return to play. We hope to find that golfers recover quickly and their game will be better than before surgery."
To enroll in the study, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-432-2888.
Anyone interested in learning more about the study is welcome to attend a complimentary seminar at the Athletico Golf Performance Center, 1600 W. 16th St., Oak Brook, IL. Refreshments will be served. To sign up, contact: Lisa, 630-986-8749 or Lisa@pscommunicationsinc.com.
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SOURCE Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush