Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome associated with inflammation of the connective tissue (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments), which brings about widespread musculoskeletal tenderness and an elevated sensitivity to pain. Symptoms include chronic pain, stiffness, fatigue, insomnia, and mood changes like depression. Basically, fibromyalgia sufferers feel like they ache all over.
Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint experienced by both amateur and professional golfers. In a study I conducted on professional golfers published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine in 2004, one third of the professional golfers had experienced significant back pain that limited their golf performance. The study also showed that loss of motion in the hip led to greater risk for back pain.