I am a golfer and back in March I was playing and bent over to pick up a ball from the hole when I had a sharp excruciating pain shoot down the lower part of my back on the left side, so low in the back it almost felt it was in the rear instead. I could barely stand up although fully erect felt the best. I barely was able to drive home sitting hurt so much. It got slowly better but never good enough to swing a club; after 4-6 weeks I saw a chiropractor and although he didn't know the source of the problem, he did a few movements on me and over the next few days the problem went completely away.
Fast forward 4 months and I was again playing golf this past week (I play several times a week, this wasn't the 2nd time I had played since the first incident). I bent over to pick up a club and the same pain occurred, only this time much less intense. Up until then I had not experienced this pain since March. But I did know at this time it was the same area and pain as before. Over the last few days I have been able to bend over and get out of the car easier, although those two movements are the most painful. But it is still uncomfortable but not excruciating, however bad enough that it keeps me off of the course.
Needless to say I did some research and it sure seems like it's a slightly herniated disc. Is it common and/or possible that the chiropractor slipped the disc back into place back in March, and that it has slipped back out of place recently from a similar movement? Like I said the pain isn't intense so I don't think surgery is something I should look into yet, I'm more concerned about how frequently this could resurface and put me on the golf sidelines in the future. Thanks for your help.