Back Pain Roundup: Yoga helps veterans, Danny Willet considers back surgery

David Donald

This week a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine finds veterans with back pain benefit from yoga, Danny Willet tells reports at the British open he’s considering back surgery, WikiHow posts an article on How to Gold with Back pain, discusses the best position to sleep in for back pain and Medical News Today posts an article about Piriformis Syndrome. These are the top stories this week.

1. Study: yoga helps back pain among veterans

In a new study out of the VA San Diego Healthcare System, veterans had improved scores on a disability questionnaire, improved pain intensity scores, and used fewer opioids after participating in a 12-week yoga program. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, included 150 veterans with chronic low back pain. The findings are similar to previous clinical trials involving non-veterans.

2.Danny Willet considering back surgery

If back problems continue to plague the former Masters Champion, Danny Willett said he would consider undergoing surgery.  Willet saw a specialist last week and underwent an MRI. Read the story on

3.Playing golf with back pain

Playing golf can take a tremendous toll on the back, especially if you have a prior injury. Even professional golfers in peak physical condition succumb to injuries that put their careers on hold. Prior to the 2017 Masters Tournament, Dustin Johnson fell and injured his back prompting him to pull out of the annual classic. Fortunately, Johnson recovered without needing surgery and eased back into the season.

There are some steps golf enthusiasts can take to reduce back pain when playing such as warming up before any game, stand on even surfaces if possible, reduce your swing length, and stretch your back and body regularly.

You can find the lengthy guide on Sports Fitness Advisor.

4.What is the best position to sleep in for back pain?

A good night’s rest is a hard thing to achieve when you suffer from lower back pain. Sleep is very important for health, but how are you supposed to rest easy with an aching back. Dr. Todd Osborne, a Chiropractor, has a few tips in this article on sleep and the positions we choose.

5. What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Piriformis syndrome occurs when the sciatic nerve irritates the piriformis muscle. This can cause pain in the buttocks and hip. An article in Medical News Today talks about what causes piriformis syndrome, how it’s diagnosed, what exercise and treatment options are available, and how to prevent it.

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