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Repetitive Strain Injury/pain on the right lower back side inside the ribs


I've had this pain slowly getting worse over a number of months. I've searched WebMD through all the symptoms, and only one fits (lower back pain).I have no pain in my spine at all.
I played golf recently both Saturday and Sunday, and it really flared up. I've had a chest x-ray and it was negative. I'm at a lose why the pain doesn't go away. The pain doesn't seem to be the ribs, but inside the rear ribs on the right side. I am 59yrs old and have played golf almost every weekend for the last 10yrs.could this be just as simple as a strain injury.

Hi John,

I agree that this is a simple repetitive strain injury, of course, that fact doesn't make it hurt any less. I'm glad you've seen your physician to make sure that nothing is really wrong, it always makes it better this way since doctors don't have a test for muscle spasms and so they are often overlooked.

First of all, it will help if you go to and read the sections titled "Muscles and Pain" and "What's happening Exactly."  Then go to and read about each of the muscles that are involved in rotating your pelvis, and are the cause of pain that goes from your mid-back to your calves and feet.  It's pretty amazing to think that one group of muscles can do that, but it will be understandable when you read the thread.

The way you describe it I would say that the muscle that is causing the problem is your quadratus lumborum (you can see it by doing an internet search). Both sides are involved due to the nature of the sport, but the side that is hurting the most will be key to the problem. Fortunately this is an easy muscle to self-treat.

Do you stretch at all?  The repetitive movement of the golf swing is definitely causing these muscles to shorten, but stretching while the muscles are tied in knots will only cause the knots (spasms) to get worse and possibly even tear.  You need to first release the spasms and then stretch.

I never taught a lot about stretching because it wasn't something I was taught well enough to feel confident, even though I knew how important it is to stretch. I recently joined with an amazing yoga instructor named Ana and she teaches how to first self-treat the spasms and then safely do yoga.  You can look into it by going to

I've worked with thousands of people over the past 25 years and I believe that when you treat each of the muscles that are described in the thread, and then safely stretch them, that you'll be back to playing golf pain-free.

Wishing you well,
    Julie Donnelly

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I can accept questions that relate to chronic or acute pain caused by muscle spasms and contractions. Repetitive Strain Injury is actually Cumulative Trauma to muscles. Releasing the spasm &/or contraction will relieve the strain that is felt at the insertion point on the bone. I am the co-developer of the unique safe-stretching program "Focused Flexibility Training," which combines easy instruction for self-treating spasms throughout your body with proven yoga stretches. I have recently authored two new books: "The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution," and "The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!


Since 1989 I have been working with endurance athletes and individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions. I have authored seven self-treatment books and three self-treatment DVDs and I have developed the Julstro System for the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, Trigger Finger, and other Hand/Wrist pain. I am a national and international presenter at conventions, seminars, and workshops. Principle topics are "Work Shouldn't Hurt," and "The Pain Free Athlete." In 2005 and 2006 I was the massage therapist for ultracyclists competing in the Race Across America (RAAM) 3000+ mile race from San Diego, CA to Atlantic City, NJ. I've taught the Julstro techniques to physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic, to massage therapists in areas around the USA, and I've taught Julstro self-treatment clinics to dancers at Juilliard School of Performing Arts (NYC),the sprinting team at NC State, and I am working closely with several Olympic-hopeful. We have successfully eliminated the repetitive strain injuries that could keep them out of the Olympic Games, and the best part is they know how to do the self-treatments so they can stay pain-free and flexible.

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Swedish Institute of Allied Health, NY, NY - Initial education in massage therapy Licensed NYS Massage Therapist since 1989. SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY - B.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Health Education I was an Associate Professor helping to develop the massage training program for SUNY Rockland Community College

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Privacy prevents me from filling in this section without prior consent from my clients. Life Experience: I have been specializing in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries since receiving my NY massage license in 1989. A personal bout with carpal tunnel syndrome was the catalyst to my developing a self-treatment that heals the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome quickly and without surgery. My work with endurance athletes was the inspiration to teach people how to self-treat so they could stop pains even during a race or heavy training day. Both of these situations ultimately became the products that are sold on my websites: and I currently treat people in my offices in Sarasota, FL, Cary, NC, or Pearl River, NY

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