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Lower Back Injury and what you can do!

Every year thousands of people suffer some type of lower back injury. This often requires a visit to their chiropractor as a result of gardening or doing some other type of yard work. This happens a lot in the spring when people are anxious to get outside and tend to their yards after months of being penned indoors by the winter season.

It is relatively easy to injure your back, especially if you are moving heavy objects around the yard. While good chiropractic care is always one of the first things you should do after receiving such an injury, you also want to consider the fact that chiropractic care, which occurs on a fairly regular basis, may help to curb some of these injuries in the first place as does following some common safety precautions when you are working in your yard. Our team can help you improve your readiness for the spring season using Active Release Technique, Chiropractic Manipulation, home exercise strategies, and improving your stretching at home as well!

There are a number of tips that can help you when it comes to preventing back injuries while you are working in your yard. Perhaps one of the most important things to remember is that in most cases, the more fit you are the less likely you are to suffer an injury of this type. Fitness is a good idea in any case and this is especially true when you are performing any type of rigorous physical activity. Good muscle tone and flexibility will go a long way toward helping you stay healthy and free from back injuries that can be very painful.

In addition, you always want to lift properly. Always lift with your knees and keep your feet in front of you approximately a shoulder length apart or even slightly wider. Whatever you do, always avoid lifting with your back. This is one of the primary reasons that people receive back injuries in the first place. Another thing you can do to reduce your chances of injuring your back is to use tools that work well for you. If you are an individual with a smaller build, you need to use smaller tools and try not to move things that are too heavy without help.

Of course, if you do feel tightness in your back, or you have had an especially hard day, you can typically relieve much of the tension by icing the muscles appropriately. If you prefer, you may want to alternate ice and heat in order to reduce inflammation and then relax the muscles. Ensure that you do not apply ice directly to the skin and that you use caution when applying heat as well.

It is always a good idea to visit your chiropractor on a regular basis even if you are not currently experiencing any problems. Professional golfers in particular have recently shown that they stay in top shape with semi regular visits to the chiropractor. This can prevent you from suffering a back injury or some other type of injury while you are working in your yard.

In the event that you do suffer an injury our team would be more than happy to help and can be an integral part of the recovery process. Working in your yard and getting ready for spring is something that most people enjoy, but it is also something that you should do carefully in order to ensure that you do not injure yourself. Be safe and contact us with any questions you may have.

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Chiropractic Care at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates

Chiropractic care at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates chiropractic clinic can diagnose and treat problems that affect the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of your body, in the back and spine, or in the extremities as well. At a basic level a chiropractor will gently adjust your spine which often times brings relief of back pain when possible. At a deeper level chiropractors are doing much more than just adjusting or manipulation of the spine.

After your initial visit and consultation your chiropractor at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates, we will have a good idea of what your treatment plan is going to consist of. We almost always treat on the first day you see us because we are interested in getting you up and back to moving around as quickly as medically responsible.

How many treatments will you need?

Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates chiropractic treatments can range from a few days to several weeks depending on the severity of your condition or the results you want to achieve. Chiropractic care can also be a lifelong choice to keep you on a path of well-being and solid core strength.

Many professional athletes continue to see a chiropractor even when there is no acute pain, as regular adjustments can keep you aligned and in peak form. The Chiropractic team at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates in various offices across South Jersey are not just there when it really hurts; they can be in your corner frequently, keeping your body’s systems communicating at a high level and keeping muscle and bone deterioration at bay.

What causes back pain?

The back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. Damage to any of the structures can lead to back pain, with various degrees of severity. Back pain has a long list of causes and we are all likely to suffer at some point in our lives from poor posture, obesity, or psychological stress. Each of these can lead to back pain or take it from a point of being able to manage yourself to need a professional team like our office to help you stay up right and moving freely without pain or discomfort.

Some tips to prevent back pain:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight
  • Stretch and exercise (ask your chiropractor what is safe or effective in relieving pain as well as increasing function)
  • Maintain proper posture at work
  • Wear low heeled shoes with adequate support and fit

While this is not an exhaustive list of tips, it’s a good starting point on the road to optimum back health. Contact our awesome team of Chiropractic Physcians today for more information. 856.228.3100 has been our phone number for over 30 years!

You can also send us an email anytime, day or night but using the Contact Us page on our website below! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. https://drmarkkemenoshandassociates.com/contact/

Our offices are located in Mount Laurel, Haddonfield, Laurel Springs (Blackwood and Clementon borders on Chews Landing Road), Sewell, and Somers Point, New Jersey! This enables our team to do our best to service most of South Jersey!

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Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates – Chiropractic Clinic – Bulging Discs – Herniated Discs

Bulging Discs – Herniated Discs – Slipped Discs – Back Pain – Sciatica

Have you ever heard of a slipped disc? It’s a misnomer. Discs almost never truly “slip”, but they can often times bulge or herniate. When they do, our team can almost always be able to help. Intervertebral disc disorders are referred to as “contained” or “non-contained.” A bulging disc is considered a contained disc disorder.

What is a bulging disc?

A bulging disc is actually the tough outer layer of cartilage in between your vertebrae that has not fully broken open – think of squeezing a balloon filled with hair gel. The disc may protrude into the spinal canal without pain or breaking open, instead, a small bubble pops out but remains attached to the disc.
Discs are exactly the right size to fit between your vertebrae so when a disc bulges, it extends outside the space it should normally occupy and can push into nerves in your spinal column.
Bulging is considered part of the normal aging process of the disc making bulging discs an extremely common spinal injury. A bulging disc can stay relatively pain free and undetected until you twist the wrong way, lift the wrong object, sneeze, or cough. A bulging disc can cause excruciating pain, lead to a diminished range of motion, and can in some cases cause organ dysfunction.
The good news is that even an acute disc bulge can heal itself over time and your chiropractor can likely help the healing process happen more efficiently.

Here are 4 steps you can follow to ease the pain of a bulging disc:

  1. Develop a relationship with the team at our office!

There are many bulging disc treatments; talk to your chiropractor and ask questions about your MRI or X-ray. Everyone is different and a good chiropractor can help you find the correct wellness path and will not close off any avenue to get you well. In our office we offer several diffferent methods of Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, Cox Flexion Distraction Technique and many others for helping you deal with the pain and related issues of discal problems.

  1. Improve your posture

Reduce or eliminate bending, lifting, twisting and even sitting for too long. Sleep on your back with your knees propped up, or on your side with a pillow between your legs. These simple adjustments will ease the stress on the disc in question. We often overlook something as basic as good posture in cases of a disc related issue, but it is paramount to keep the disc as centered and comfortable with the loads being distrubuted evenly.

  1. Strengthen your core

Your abdominal muscles and leg muscles all support your back. While the core was once thought to only be the abdominal muscles, we now commonly refer to the core as being everything from the diaphragm which attaches to your thoracic spine. Modified yoga or Pilates routines that eliminate twisting, stooping or bending can help heal your bulging disc or help to prevent further damage. Our pilates team in Mount Laurel offers modified courses in ELDOA and Pilates which target specific types of back pain related disorders as well.

Contact our team at Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates today if you are suffering with the problems listed above. We look forward to hearing from you soon, 856.228.3100

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Sciatic pain HELP! Suffering with pain down your leg, please read this following blog post!

Sciatic pain HELP! Yes, our office can almost always greatly improve that pain you are struggling with!

Sciatica is a condition that is often misdiagnosed and attributed to any intense lower back pain. Any pain in the lower back that limits your movement or stops you from enjoying life requires attention, but not all lower back pain is sciatic pain. This type of pain is unique and while it can be debilitating, it can be helped by our team here at Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates.

Sciatica Basics

Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back, downward through your buttocks, and into the back of each leg. It is the longest nerve in your body and the widest, controlling the muscles in your lower legs. It also provides sensation to your legs and soles of your feet. When someone suffers from sciatica it means they feel persistent pain along their sciatic nerve.
Besides sharp pain, sciatica sufferers may experience dull aches, tingling, numbness, or even a burning sensation. The pain and other feelings are typically felt on just one side of the body. People between 30 and 50 are most likely to suffer from sciatica, and the symptoms are usually attributed to basic wear and tear rather than a specific injury. Sciatic pain often gets worse after prolonged sitting, physical activity, sneezing, coughing, or other sudden movements.

Chiropractic Gets to the Cause of sciatica

People suffering from intense sciatic pain will often try just about anything to make it go away, but the problem with many conventional treatments is that they simply mask the symptoms with pain medication or muscle relaxants. A chiropractor will work to find the cause of your pain, and if it is determined to be sciatica, treatment will begin to relieve some of the pressure on the nerve.

Many patients prefer chiropractic treatment because it is completely non-invasive and drug-free. People tend to be wary of more invasive treatments where their spine is concerned. And most people figure out quickly that taking pain medications is only covering up a symptom, and not really getting to the heart of the issue.

Preventative Tips

Of course, you can always help yourself when it comes to lower back pain. Sciatica can’t always be prevented, but if you work to maintain a healthy weight, watch your posture, avoid prolonged periods of sitting, use proper lifting technique, and exercise regularly you’ll be giving yourself a good head start. These tips, combined with treatment from our chiropractic team at Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates will help make your sciatic pain a thing of the past.

If you have further questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 856.228.3100

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Car Accident Tips from Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

If you’ve ever been in a major (or minor) car accident, you know that it can be a traumatizing and life changing experience. Even accidents at low speed that cause minimal injury (or none that can be detected at the time) can be potentially harmful. An injury to your neck or spine can be masked by adrenaline and stress. In short, you may be injured and not know it yet. A common line that we often hear in our office is “I was too worried about my passengers or my car to realize that I was hurting until the next day”. Follow these simple car accident tips to get better in a timely manner.

The first 48 to 72 hours after a car accident are critical and a common injury like whiplash can go undetected for hours, days, or even weeks. You may have whiplash if you are suffering from any of these symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Reduced range of motion in the neck
  • Arm pain
  • Neck stiffness
  • Lower back pain

To reduce future pain or discomfort, whiplash should be evaluated within 72 hours by a medical professional when ever necessary!

Keep in mind these 5 facts about car accidents:

  1. Just because your car is not damaged does not mean you’re not. Bumpers take a lot of the force of a slow moving impact, but not all. The force has to travel somewhere and it travels through you. If in doubt always consult our chiropractic team first. The phone number at our main office has been 856.228.3100 for over 30 years.
  2. Seat belts prevent you from being thrown against the steering wheel and from being thrown out of the car. You are, however, thrown against the belt. Shoulder injuries and whiplash are common symptoms and should be addressed by a qualified chiropractor.
  3. Pain can take up to 10 days to show up after the most minor of car accidents. In particular, injuries to muscles, ligaments, and tendons can take several days to manifest.
  4. Even minor to moderate accident-related injuries can take up to 3 months of regular chiropractic treatment to show tangible and lasting relief from pain.
  5. When you are in a car accident you are often jarred forward unexpectedly, making your head and neck especially vulnerable. After a car accident it is always advisable to see your doctor as soon as possible.

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New Haddonfield Office! We have moved down the street!

Just a quick update everyone, we have a new Haddonfield office! We have moved away from the Training Room of Haddonfield and while this was not an easy decision, the time had come to move to a bigger facility.  We are now located at:

807 North Haddon Avenue Suite 210 Haddonfield, NJ 08033 – more commonly known as the South Jersey Radiology Building of Haddonfield / Westmont!

This move was only about four blocks down on the opposite side of the street.  The new facility has more parking spaces available and we are located on the second floor, no worries, we have an elevator as well! With the addition of our newest doctor, Dr. Trisha Sileo, we have added hours at our Mount Laurel and Haddonfield offices!

If you have questions about issues you are struggling with, please always remember to use our Contact Us Page to get us a message or call our direct main line at 856.228.3100, extension 1.

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To learn more about our newest doctor, Trisha Sileo, DC, ART, please see the following link!

Dr. Trisha A. Sileo

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Resolving the causes and effects of back pain – Active Release – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

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Resolving the causes and effects of back pain – Active Release Technique – Dr Mark Kemenosh and Associates

One of the most common injuries that ART® providers treat, indiscriminate of their work setting, is lower back pain. Accordingly, it’s no surprise that lower back pain is the most commonly recorded musculoskeletal disorder. In the United States alone, it is the culprit of $100-200 billion in medical expenses each year. 80% of the U.S. population is affected by back pain at some time in their life. The high prevalence of back pain has enabled us at Active Release Techniques® to spend a lot of time studying the causes and most effective treatment protocols for each individual cause.

Back pain results from a wide array of working circumstances including heavy or repetitive lifting, over-reaching working in an awkward posture, and remaining bent over or seated for too long, just to name a few. These tasks create scar tissue, which causes pain, weakness, and reduced range of motion. Because of the large variety of behaviors causing back pain, cases of back-related MSDs can be found in nearly any workplace setting, from offices to factories. Whether the activity causing the pain is sitting, reaching, or lifting, pain origination is frequently linked to doing any of these activities with an awkward posture. Additionally, as people age, their incidence of back pain rises as does the cost, which increases at a greater rate due to the increased time, medication, and procedures necessary for their recovery.

Sitting puts twice as much stress on your back as standing, and when you slouch that stress is compounded. Further, sitting in a slouched position over-stretches the ligaments in your back. Not only do sitting and slouching add stress, they also prevent nutrients from getting to the discs in your spine. Excessive sitting can also cause pain in your hips and pelvis because it tightens and shortens the tendons in that region, placing even more pressure on the lower back. Pain resulting from maintaining an awkward posture, such as crouching or bending for an extended period of time, is often caused by some variation on this same reasoning.

Back pain as a result of heavy or repetitive lifting is also frequently a function of lifting with an awkward or incorrect posture. The weight being lifted adds additional stress to the spine, and awkward posture exacerbates the issue by causing muscles, tendons, or ligaments to over-stretch or tear.

So many of the things we do every day can build up scar tissue over time and cause back pain. Luckily, ART® can help, not only to relieve your pain and release your scar tissue, but also, through our onsite wellness programs, suggest things that you can do to prevent that scar tissue from building up in the first place.

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Atrophy of gluteus maximus among women with a history of chronic low back pain

Saw a nice article recently post from our neighbors over at Department of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2 School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 3 Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Article Title: Atrophy of gluteus maximus among women with a history of chronic low back pain

Methods:  For this case-control study, we analyzed medical history and pelvic computed tomography (CT) scans for 36 female patients with a history of chronic LBP, and 32 female patients without a history of LBP. Muscle cross-sectional area of gluteus maximus was measured from axial CT scans using OsiriX MD software, then was normalized to patient height, and used to compare the two groups. The number of back pain-related medical visits was also correlated with gluteus maximus cross-sectional area.

Conclusions: This research demonstrated a previously only minimally explored relationship between gluteus maximus cross-sectional area and LBP in women. Further research is indicated in individuals with varying age, sex, and LBP diagnoses.

Direct Link: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0177008

Take away ideas from this study in a nut shell:  

This research confirmed Thomas Jefferson’s Physical Therapy Researchers hypothesis that Glute Max atrophy would be greater in individuals with chronic LBP. Further research is indicated on Glute Max CSA in individuals with varying age, sex, and LBP diagnoses. Research on the potential impact of exercise interventions targeting GM in individuals with chronic LBP is also indicated.

If you are struggling with low back pain, we can almost always help! We combine chiropractic, active release, home exercise programs and much more to the treatment of all types of back pain. Give us a call at 856.228.3100 for more information or send us an email a the link below!

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