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Kids' Spinal Health: Care Tips

teensPaulette Hugulet, DC, LLC often hears, "Doctor, should my children be checked for spinal problems?" from concerned parents. We think "yes." Prevention is always the best form of treatment. As a parent, you want to know about any conditions in your child's spine that may cause pain, so you can do all you can to prevent or control it.
Did you know that there is a relationship between deconditioned teenagers and lower back pain? Juvenile disc degeneration in adolescents and young adults between 13 and 20 years was strongly linked with a state of being overweight, low back pain, increased low back pain intensity, and [[diminished]] physical and social functioning. Furthermore, an elevated body mass index (BMI) was significantly associated with increased severity of disc degeneration. (1)
So, looking at the significance of such "juvenile" disc degeneration, you might wonder what long-term effects this might bring to a child here in La Grande. kids nutrition for spinal healthWell, consider this: Researchers state that the progression of disc degeneration in the neck and the low back are associated. Compared to healthy volunteers, patients with disc herniations in the lower back and neck show disc degeneration. This suggests that disc degeneration appears to be a systemic phenomenon, involving the entire spine. (2)
Kids in La Grande are no [[different]] from the kids in this study, so let Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC check your kids out and get them on the right path to spinal health!
If for no other reason than to thwart future serious spine pain, contact Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC. Trust us to identify, treat and share wellness tips - like exercise, nutrition, and rest - on how to rein in such spinal conditions before they become a hindrance for your kids in future years.
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