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Tee off on back pain: Spine surgeon, fitness pro set free seminar at Greenhouse Golf

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Playing 18 holes is probably one of the most relaxing ways for most of the 25 million golfers in America to spend a day. But for those with chronic back and neck pain, it not only hinders their ability to enjoy the game – it could prevent them from playing altogether.

To help area golfers learn how to avoid this pain without compromising the power and accuracy of their swing, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Dante Implicito has teamed up with Greenhouse Golf in Waldwick and PGA Tour Fitness Pro Scott Riehl for a free seminar.

Using Greenhouse Golf’s state of the art technology, attendees at “Teeing Off on Back Pain” can watch every biomechanical movement in their swing and have it analyzed by Implicito and Riehl – through real-time 3D motion that highlights balance issues, posture, hip alignment and club speed.

Each attendee gets a one-on-one session with the experts.

WHAT: Teeing Off on Back Pain
WHEN: 7 p.m., May 16
WHERE: Greenhouse Golf, 140 Hooper Avenue, Waldwick
COST: Free

RSVP / INFO: Daniel Goldberg 973.287.7916 /

Implicito, the section chief of spine surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, is board-certified and fellowship-trained, with an emphasis on minimally invasive spine surgery.

He’s also a 30-year veteran golfer with a special interest in spinal conditions among athletes, whom he’s treated in all forms of sport.

Implicito completed his General Surgery internship and Orthopedic Surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and its affiliated hospitals throughout North Jersey. He then completed Spinal Fellowship training at the San Francisco Combined Orthopedic Spine Surgical Fellowship at St. Mary’s Spine Center in San Francisco, under the direction of Dr. James Zucherman and Dr. Ken Hsu.

His practice, Implicito says, “consists of the full gamut of conservative and surgical treatments of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine problems, including diagnostic and therapeutic spinal injections, minimally invasive spinal surgery, disc arthroplasty and spine fusion surgery.”

Riehl, meanwhile, is an internationally recognized trainer to the world’s top golfers, a strength and conditioning coach who has worked with players on the PGA and Champions tours since 2000, and the creator of Riehl Golf Academy (RGA).

Dr. Dante Implicito

He once concentrated solely on “getting professional golfers into the best golf shape of their lives, and infusing their games with extraordinary new levels of power, accuracy and grace,” Riehl said.

Then he assembled a team of professionals to help him fulfill his mission. Together, they have created a comprehensive, high-tech system for improving golfers from the tour to Greenhouse Golf.

The new programs, Riehl says, “allow Greenhouse Golf members to enjoy an improved golf game as never before.”

As a “unilateral” sport, golf requires biomechanics that asymmetrically stress one side of the body versus the other. Because the golf swing is performed on a tilted plane, it is one of the most complex body-stressing movements of any sport.

It requires the use of several different muscle systems throughout the entire length of the stroke, with the club head on a drive reaching speeds over 100 miles an hour during a swing that takes approximately 1.2 seconds.

Considerable muscle force obviously is needed to exert this kind of power – a problem for those with back or neck pain.

That’s where Implicito and Riehl come in: They promise to help golfers alleviate their pain without compromising the power or accuracy of their game.  They’ll also teach them how to avoid the kind of poor mechanics that can lead to spinal injuries.

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