The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute is seeking golfers needing minimally invasive spine surgery for a new return-to-play study.

The Institute’s co-directors Kern Singh, MD, and Frank Phillips, MD, are heading the study in cooperation with Joe Estes, PT, DPT, CGFI, physical therapist and golf fitness instructor for Athletico Physical Therapy.

The study will involve 3D motion analysis to evaluate a golfer’s game before and after the spine procedure. Participants will be evaluated at Athletico’s Golf Performance Center in Oak Brook, Ill.

During the evaluation, a simulator will analyze the golfer’s swing, strength, and flexibility before surgery and then 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months following the procedure, according to a media release from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

“We will be measuring a number of variables, including swing velocity and distance; hip rotation; carry distance of the ball and club head speed,” Singh explains in the release. “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 golfstudy@rushortho.com or call 312-432-2888.

For more information about the study, Athletico is offering a complimentary seminar at its Golf Performance Center in Oak Brook, Ill. To sign up, contact Lisa at Lisa@pscommunicationsinc.com or call (630) 986-8749.

[Source(s): Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, PR Newswire]