Derrick Rose’s Back Spasms


I’ve written about several athletes and their pain issues in the past–Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning, and Hunter Mahan just to name a few– and now we can add one more to that list. Chicago Bulls MVP point guard Derrick Rose left Monday’s game after playing only 11 minutes due to back spasms. Rose is probably the best point guard in the National Basketball Association, and if he’s out of the lineup for any length of time, the Bulls will severely miss him.

As always, we have to assume there’s a reason why Rose’s back spasmed. We at Egoscue believe it’s the position of the body (posture) that causes the condition of the body (symptom/pain). Let’s take a look and see where Rose’s body is aligned.

The first thing I noticed is Rose’s shoulder position. Check out both the front view and the back view and you’ll see the same thing:

Did you notice it? His left shoulder is elevated. While this isn’t uncommon among athletes who use one side more than the other–baseball players, quarterbacks, basketball players–it still needs to be addressed. We can’t simply chalk it up to “a side-effect of his sport” and leave it at that. We have to assume that his body adopted this position for a reason.

Let’s check out the lower half:

Notice where his short are hitting at his knees. They’re hitting higher on his left knee than they are on his right knee. While we can’t always let clothing determine what the hips are doing, they can be a pretty good indicator. I do NOT believe that he put his shorts on crooked. I believe he put them on his hips and that his hips are off. While I would need physically check the elevation of his hips to be sure, I can almost guarantee you that his left hip is elevated.

Also, look at how his feet evert (point out), but not at the same angle. His right foot is pointing out more than his left. This is screaming “hip disparity.” Both the hip elevation and the hip disparity are what I believe to be the cause of his back pain. Because his hips aren’t in a position to do their designed job, the low back is having to work overtime and do a job it’s not designed to do.

According to the ESPNChicago.com article I linked to above, Rose isn’t worried, but I believe he should be:

“It was tight the whole game,” Rose said. “It was just something where I’ve got to get a massage and stretched the right way and hopefully it will be gone. For right now, I’ll be playing next game. It’s nothing like I’m going to be sitting out. I always want to think positive and just try and keep things going that way.”

While massage is beneficial, there are some structural issues that need to be addressed. His back spasms are a red flag that the body is waving trying to alert him that something isn’t quite right. I sure hope he listens.

QUESTION: What red flag(s) is your body waving at you? Are you listening?

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