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Are you otherwise healthy? How long has this been going on for? Did you have an accident or injury?
Are you an active 66 year old? How you would rate the pain?
In general, it sounds like it could either be hip pain or lower back pain. Is the pain in the back of you? To the side? Or in front?
Low back strain is a possibility and that is very common. Also, bursitis of the side of the hip is common.
Do you have groin pain? Pain in the groin is a hallmark sign of arthritis of the hip joint.
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Yes i am healthy.I golf a lot and i think the pain began after a golf game,3 weeks ago.No pain unless I try to rotate my body thru to the target and then the pain is sharp.Pain is on the side but more toward my lower back on the left side. No groin pain. If it is an injury from swinging a club how long should it take to dissipate? I didnt notice it until a day or so after my game. If I just shift my hips left, no pain. More when I try to rotate my trunk to the left,no pain if I rotate to the right. Walking seems to loosen it up and in fact it begins to go away but still cant rotate to the left. When layng in bed on my stomach it hurts when I try to turn to lay on my right. Onc ei do there is no more pain. hope this helps
Actually now that I have walked around for awhile the pain is on my left side just above the joint
So it sounds like a low back strain from golfing. 90% of low back pain resolves within 3 or 4 months without the need for aggressive treatment such as surgery. The most important thing about low back strains is to do gentle activities and to try and keep your range of motion. There is a misconception that bedrest and completely shutting yourself down will allow things to heal. With the back that is not true. If you do that you will get stiff and have a lengthy recovery.
Activities such as short walks or swimming are great for the back. The key to preventing back strains is to have strong core muscles such as your abdominals, trunk, and chest. The weaker your core the more stress goes through your back.
Heat is preferable to loosen up the back. Ice can be used if it is really inflamed. It sounds like it is already getting better.
Typically it is a 4 to 6 weak ordeal for a mild sprain. If the pain does not improve or if it worsens. Since you are 66, it would be smart to get into see a physician who can examine you and take xrays. Most 66 yr olds have some arthritis and degeneration of the back. It would be good to see how bad or severe yours is particularly as a baseline if things worsen.
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