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Low Back Pain, Chiropractic, and Competitive Sports During Youth

Posted May 29 2010 12:00am

San Francisco Chiropractor Comments:

Youth sports and low back pain study
The #1 risk factor for chronic low back pain (back pain that last over 90 days) is previous low back pain.

Well, for many of us that engaged in competitive sports activities when we were kids, the low back pain started back then. Thankfully, my first visit to the chiropractor was when I was 10 years old...and it should have been sooner.

For some reason, we think our kids are so resilient (and they are) that they will bounce back from back pain or neck pain, and that it's no big deal. I think this attitude is especially true when it comes to athletics. After-all...what kid doesn't get low back pain or some kind of aches and pains when they are playing tackle football, basketball, or some other competitive sport?

According to recent research (like we really need research to know this) by Mika Hangai, MD, PhD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, there is a direct correlation between competitive sports activities and low back pain (and lower extremity pain). Here is the conclusion from the abstract (from the American Journal of Sports Medicine ) of the study entitled Relationship Between Low Back Pain and Competitive Sports Activities During Youth:

Conclusion Excessive exposure to competitive sports activities during youth was associated with low back pain and symptoms in the lower extremities, with the severity varying with the sport. To reduce low back pain in youth, factors that may be causing low back pain, such as sport-specific postures and motions, need to be investigated.

My Take: No Kidding? Sports are hard on the body. The more physical the sport, the more stress on the back, and the higher the likelihood of low back pain, neck pain, or lower extremity pain.

Everything starts when we are young, including the template for a healthy back. We start seeing the dentist when we are very young, and other doctors to make sure we form good habits that we can carry with us into adulthood, and chiropractic care should be right up there on the list.  Especially if your kids are involved in contact sports or any kind of competitive sports activities.

When you consider that most of the back pain problems that adults present with to a chiropractor started when they were young, doesn’t it make sense to have your kids checked out now? Chiropractic is safe, it’s not expensive, it’s quick, and children respond great to chiropractic adjustments.

Chiropractic is the perfect antidote to sports related low back pain in youths. And that’s a fact.

If you would like to find out if your kids are candidates for care at Executive Express Chiropractic in San Francisco…simply call 415-392-2225 to schedule an appointment.

We are located at the Embarcadero Center in the SF Financial District. We are open 9-6pm M-F, and we are open Saturdays 9-1pm. We validate parking.

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