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Johnson Chiropractic Cares for Richmond Athletes of All Levels who have Back Pain

Richmond athletes – young and older alike – loathe being sidelined from their sports. Johnson Chiropractic knows this! Johnson Chiropractic offers personalized, effective Richmond chiropractic treatment plans to get athletes experiencing back pain to their sports with more awareness of prevention and rehabilitation ideas to escape future back pain and keep participating in what they love to do.


Back pain may grip young athletes in a range of sports. Researchers propose that the young person or adolescent with low back pain and back muscle spasm needs to be followed closely for heightened risk of pars interarticularis fracture related to spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis. (1) In a new study of 1025 adolescent athletes with low back pain, 30% of them had spondylolysis. By sport, males’ top 3 sports with increased risk were baseball (54%), soccer (48%), and hockey (44%). Females’ top 3 sports were gymnastics (34%), marching band (31%), and softball (30%). Geography and level of athletic ability may significantly influence the risk of spondylolysis in athletes. (2) This tells Johnson Chiropractic that athletes of all ages and all sports deserve attention when suffering with Richmond back pain.


Richmond back pain sufferers often comment that their back pain came on after a certain seemingly benign move. That’s not uncommon! Past research reports often pointed to repetitive motion of the lumbar spine into extension, rotation or a combination of these as important risk factors for spondylolysis. Such motions were noted in practicing baseball batting/pitching, soccer shooting, and volleyball spiking. Running track and field does not require such motions, and running athletes are diagnosed with spondylolysis prompting researchers to determine why. They found that the spinopelvic angles in running athletes are like those of the above sports’ athletes, putting them in danger of mechanical stress on the pars interarticularis, too, leading to spondylolysis. (3) Johnson Chiropractic helps Richmond back pain sufferers, athletes and non-athletes the same.


A recent paper noted that endurance athletes experienced intense joint-loading leading to cartilage metabolism and type II collagen degradation. In soccer and rugby players, the type II collagen degradation was elevated indicating improved cartilage metabolism compared to that of non-athletes while type II collagen synthesis was almost equivalent. Glucosamine – a type II collagen – provided a chondroprotective action on osteoarthritis by blocking type II collagen degradation. (4) Johnson Chiropractic has more info on glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation benefits for your spine and joints whether you’re an athlete or not!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Patricia Estrada on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson. Dr. Estrada shares how chiropractic care benefits the collegiate athlete in his/her sport.

Schedule a Richmond chiropractic appointment for yourself and/or your favorite athlete. Chiropractic care may include preventative care with spinal manipulation, supplementation and specific exercise as well as rehabilitative care. Johnson Chiropractic makes great effort to get our Richmond athletes off the sideline and back into the game as fast and safely as possible.

Johnson Chiropractic treats athletes of all levels and all ages who have back pain using spinal manipulation, nutrition and specific exercise.
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