Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Cares for West Des Moines Athletes of All Levels who have Back Pain

West Des Moines athletes – young and older alike – dislike being sidelined from their sports. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows this! Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers personalized, useful West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plans to get athletes experiencing back pain to their activities with more knowledge of prevention and rehabilitation tips to escape future back pain and keep participating in what they love to do.


Back pain may grip young athletes in a variety of sports. Researchers propose that the young person or adolescent with low back pain and back muscle spasm needs to be followed carefully 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 3 sports with higher risk were baseball (54%), soccer (48%), and hockey (44%). Females’ top three 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 Executive Chiropractic of Iowa that athletes of all ages and all sports warrant attention when experiencing West Des Moines back pain.


West Des Moines back pain sufferers often comment that their back pain came on after a certain really benign move. That’s not uncommon! Past research reports often indicated that repetitive motion of the lumbar spine into extension, rotation or a combination of these to be important risk factors for spondylolysis. Such motions were seen in baseball batting or pitching practice, soccer shooting practice, and volleyball spiking practice. Running track and field does not demand such motions, and running athletes are diagnosed with spondylolysis pushing researchers to determine why. They discovered that the spinopelvic angles in 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa helps West Des Moines back pain sufferers, athletes and non-athletes the same.


A recent paper noted that endurance athletes experienced intense joint-loading preceding cartilage metabolism and type II collagen degradation. The type II collagen degradation in soccer and rugby players was increased indicating enhanced cartilage metabolism compared to that of non-athletes while type II collagen synthesis was nearly equivalent. Glucosamine – a type II collagen – provided a chondroprotective action on osteoarthritis by blocking type II collagen degradation. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa has more information 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 impacts the collegiate athlete in his/her sport.

Schedule a West Des Moines chiropractic appointment for yourself and/or your favorite athlete. Chiropractic care may incorporate preventative care with spinal manipulation, supplementation and specific exercise along with rehabilitative care. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa works hard to get our West Des Moines athletes off the sideline and back into the game as fast and safely as possible.

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