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

October 11, 2019

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 return athletes experiencing back pain to their sports with more awareness of prevention and rehabilitation ideas to avoid future back pain and keep doing what they love to do.


Back pain may affect young athletes in a variety of sports. Researchers propose that the young person or adolescent with low back pain and back muscle spasm should be followed closely for increased 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 three sports with higher 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 really benign move. That’s not uncommon! Past research studies usually indicated that 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 demand such motions, and running athletes are diagnosed with spondylolysis prompting researchers to figure out why. They discovered that the spinopelvic angles of running athletes are like those of the above sports’ athletes, making them vulnerable to mechanical stress on the pars interarticularis, too, leading to spondylolysis. (3) Johnson Chiropractic helps Richmond back pain sufferers, athletes and non-athletes alike.


A recent article explained 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 signifying enhanced cartilage metabolism compared to that of non-athletes while type II collagen synthesis was almost equivalent. Glucosamine – a type II collagen – delivered a chondroprotective action on osteoarthritis by preventing type II collagen degradation. (4) Johnson Chiropractic has more info on glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation benefits for your spine and joints whether you are 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 influences the collegiate athlete in his/her sport.

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

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