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Remember Your Back with Gardening and Other Yard Work


NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - With the coming of warmer months come the chores that can cause lower back pain. The blooming of the leaves and flowers makes many of us feel the need to get out in our own yards and make them look beautiful.

Unfortunately, the constant bending and lifting associated with yard work is a major cause of lower back pain, says Dr. Mark Schlobohm.

"Many common injuries including tendonitis, sprains, strains or breaks can be prevented with proper technique like bending at the knees when lifting instead of from the back or securing and stabilizing a ladder before climbing,” he said. “These are simple precautions that are overlooked too often."

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 35,500 people injured themselves using a stepladder in 2010. Also more than 41,000 Americans injured themselves while gardening or using gardening equipment and more than 127,000 people were injured while operating a lawn mower.

Not only are they strenuous chores, but they make use of muscles and bones not often used in everyday exercise.  By straining this part of the back, spinal bones may lose their normal position. Enough straining can cause disc involvement, such as rupture or bulging.  This type of injury is not only painful it can be debilitating. Millions of dollars of lost work and countless hours of pain can be attributed each day to lower back pain and its manifestations.

To avoid injury while gardening, caring for your lawn, or performing other yard work make sure you use proper mechanics. Dr. Schlobohm has a few tips in order to enjoy a safe, productive day of summer landscaping:
Don’t bend at the waist to lift, but bend at the knees.  Don’t twist your back, but move your feet to plant that last flower.

Use tools that are the right length for you and particularly avoid reaching to far and remaining in one position for a prolonged period of time.

Most importantly, if you feel a twinge in your lower back upon completing your chores, call your chiropractor

Immediate diagnosis and prompt treatment of lower back injury can keep a simple injury from becoming something more severe and may help to avoid long term damage.

During the month of June, New Providence Chiropractic is raising funds for the NJ Sharing Network. They are proving all New Patients, a consultation, full exam, xrays, and a report of findings on a subsequent visit in exchange for $25 donation to NJ Sharing Network. Call 908-665-1818 to schedule an appointment today.

New Providence Chiropractic specializes in state of the art Chiropractic Techniques that rehabilitate the spine and nerves and the evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries.  Doctors from New Providence Chiropractic lecture extensively to the community on numerous health related issues.  New Providence Chiropractic has won several awards for service in the community and for excellence in delivering chiropractic care.

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