Posted : 11 November 2013
ANTALYA, Turkey – In what has already been a lost season for Louis Oosthuizen – having been sidelined with an injury for a good portion of the year – will get even longer for the South African.
Oosthuizen is scheduled for a facet joint block procedure in his native South Africa the Monday after the DP World Tour Championship, the European Tour’s season-ending event in Dubai, that will sideline him for at least two more weeks.
“I’m really struggling with the lower back, but it comes and goes,” Oosthuizen said during the Turkish Airlines Open. “Today it felt good, but other days it’s just really bad and can’t properly swing, swing through the ball. So the guy said I can’t really hurt it any further, so I’m just finishing these events and then getting an injection done, and hopefully it’ll work.”
The procedure requires the injection of a local anesthetic into one or more of the small joints located along the side of each vertebra on both sides of the spine in the lower part of the back, according to the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute website.
Oosthuizen took two months off from golf after withdrawing from the Open Championship. Upon returning, his back went from stiff to painful.
“It was locked up,”’ Oosthuizen said. “It was sore. It sometimes goes down my legs, and I was just struggling to get through some rounds. But hopefully this can free it up and can strengthen it and just go away completely.”
Oosthuizen plans on playing in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, while having to miss some of his favorite tournaments: the South African Open and the Alfred Dunhill Championship in late November.