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Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC Cares for La Grande Athletes of All Levels who have Back Pain

La Grande athletes – young and older alike – loathe being sidelined from their sports. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC understands this! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC offers personalized, useful La Grande chiropractic treatment plans to get athletes experiencing back pain to their activities with more knowledge of prevention and rehabilitation ideas to escape future back pain and keep doing what they love to do.


Back pain may grip young athletes in a range of sports. Researchers suggest that the young person or adolescent with low back pain and back muscle spasm should be followed closely for heightened risk of pars interarticularis fracture associated with spondylolisthesis and spondylolysis. (1) In a new study of 1025 adolescent athletes with low back pain, 30% of them was affected by spondylolysis. By sport, males’ top 3 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 prowess may significantly influence the risk of spondylolysis in athletes. (2) This tells Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC that athletes of all ages and all sports warrant attention when suffering with La Grande back pain.


La Grande back pain sufferers frequently comment that their back pain came on after a certain seemingly non-hurtful move. That’s not uncommon! Past research studies usually pointed to repetitive motion of the lumbar spine into extension, rotation or a combination of these as key risk factors for spondylolysis. Such motions were seen in practicing baseball batting/pitching, soccer shooting, and volleyball spiking. Running track and field doesn’t demand such motions, yet running athletes are seen with spondylolysis prompting researchers to determine why. They found that the spinopelvic angles of athletes who run are like those of the above sports’ athletes, putting them at risk of mechanical stress on the pars interarticularis, too, leading to spondylolysis. (3) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC helps La Grande back pain sufferers, athletes and non-athletes alike.


A recent paper noted that endurance athletes has intense joint-loading preceding cartilage metabolism and type II collagen degradation. In soccer and rugby players, the type II collagen degradation was increased signifying enhanced cartilage metabolism compared to that of non-athletes while type II collagen synthesis was nearly the same. Glucosamine – a type II collagen – provided a chondroprotective action on osteoarthritis by preventing type II collagen degradation. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC has more detail 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 benefits the collegiate athlete in his/her sport.

Schedule a La Grande 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. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC makes great effort to get our La Grande athletes off the sideline and back into the game as fast and safely as possible.

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC treats athletes of all levels and all ages who have back pain using spinal manipulation, nutrition and specific exercise.
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