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Why Premature Termination Can Make Your Back Problems Worse

Photo showing why you want to avoid back surgery by coming to the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ
This is the last place you want to end up!

Several years ago I treated a patient from Closter. He was referred to me for neck pain relief by his daughter because he had been in some pretty bad accidents. During his evaluation we found a number of issues with his neck and also that his spine was very badly degenerated (arthritic).

The good news is we were still able to help him and after a couple of months of chiropractic adjustments, he was moving better and his pain was mostly gone. He continued with care for a while and one day came to me and said, “I am going to take a break and if the pain comes back, I will come back in.”

I’ve heard this from patients in the past and have to bite my tongue every time to avoid screaming. The problem is that it may take years but when people have a chronic problem like degenerative arthritis, the pain almost ALWAYS comes back and the condition usually gets worse. Apparently that is exactly what happened to this man.

I ran into his wife the other day and asked about her family. The kids were well but not the husband. His neck condition had returned and gotten worse. He’d just had spinal surgery and they were trying to get him into rehab. She told me that the problem was so bad “they HAD to do the surgery.”

The thing that gets me is I know if he had continued here with care, he probably would never have needed such a radical intervention. Now I have spent the last few days kicking myself for not making certain that he understood this and continued with chiropractic even after he stopped hurting.

In our office, we provide corrective chiropractic care which not only focuses on getting our patients out of back and neck pain but also works to stabilize their spines and prevent their problems from getting worse. So before your symptoms become more than an inconvenience, call us today at 201-387-7463.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

 

Enter Our Halloween Costume Contest at The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ

We’re on the Haunt…
for the Best Halloween Costume!

Image of Dr Dave and Marina for The Back Care Center Halloween Costume Contest
Can you guess what Dr. Dave and Marina are dressed up as? Stop by The Back Care Center and find out…

We’re Giving Away Multiple Prizes In Our Halloween Costume Contest!
Including a $100 Visa Gift Card

Fly over to the Back Care Center of Dumont NJ during office hours on Friday, October 31st, 2014

Everyone loves dressing up for Halloween! So do we! If you have the “spirit’ within you this Halloween – we have a “trick or treat” up our sleeves, so even the grown-ups can get in on the fun!

Here’s the Scoop…

  • Come to the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ in your costume and get your zombified picture taken (Say Spooky!) OR bring in a picture you took yourself of this year’s costume or one in the past.
  • Your picture will be posted on our Facebook page for all to see (and like!) OR on our wall of doom in the office where people will vote for you! (Let us know which you would prefer.)
  • The person who receives the most unique “likes” on their spooktacular Faceboook or Wall of Doom photo by 9pm, Monday November 3rd WINS a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Want more votes? Or would you like to improve your chances of winning?

Give us the name and phone number of a friend that you think would benefit from a Free Bodywork Package (normally valued at $305) and we’ll give you 5 votes right then and there. And if they bring in a picture of themselves in a costume you both get 5 more votes.

This contest is open to our patients, new patients, friends and their families. You must visit the office to submit your photo.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

Hip pain? Yes, but where does it really hurt?

Photo of wallet in back pocket,w hich could be causing hip pain in some patients.A patient came to me with hip pain recently. It isn’t such an unusual symptom and we can generally give our patients excellent pain release. The funny thing is that so many people point to different parts of their body and call it hip pain. Some people touch the side of their leg and complain while others will point to right in the middle of their buttock. Some patients will even indicate their complaint being on the side of their lower back and still call it hip pain.

Fortunately, we have been very successful treating “hip pain” in all of those areas of the body. For some patients, it is just a matter of working out a tight muscle that is causing the pain. For others, it can require more in the way of spinal adjustments to reduce the inflammation and irritation to the spinal nerves.

One patient from Cresskill, the next town over from Dumont where The Back Center is located, came in complaining of hip pain. At first we were able to give him some great relief. However, even after a month of treatment, his pain kept coming back almost every day. I was totally mystified by his results until he came in one day wearing a pair of jeans with the worn outline of his wallet in his back pocket.

I asked him about it and he told me that he usually carries his wallet back there but leaves it in the car when he comes into the office. He showed me the wallet and it turned out to be about 2 inches thick. We had him stop carrying it back there and he immediately began holding his adjustments and the pain gradually went away.

The moral of the story? If you are suffering from hip pain, of ANY type, give us a call today and let us help.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

Pain – It Can Get Better

Image showing Patients in Pain come to the Back Care Center for relief

People come to my office with pain every day. Over the years, I have seen thousands of people with neck pain, back pain, headaches or sciatica. The severity is different for everyone but for some the pain can be so severe that not only do they suffer, but also their work, their family and home life are affected as well.

Often people have had the pain for so long that they don’t really believe it will ever get better. These are my favorite types of patients because it is wonderful to see their eyes light up with excitement as the pain begins to go away and they can finally to get back to living.

No two people are the same (I am trying to resist saying that people are like snowflakes but I think you get the idea) and it may take longer for some to respond but overall, most people who go to a chiropractor get great results. My patients must be happy with their results because they usually refer their friends and family into the office.

If you have been suffering with pain and are tired of not being able to do the things you love, give us a call. There really is solution to chronic pain.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

Free Chair Massage and Chiropractic Adjustments during “Operation School Supplies 2014″

The Back Care Center is once again proud to help Grant Elementary School in the “Operation School Supplies” supply drive from September 15th through the end of the month. And once again, we’re asking for your help to make this as big of a success as last year’s program.

Come in and get a complimentary 10-minute chair massage and free chiropractic adjustment (normally $60-$80) in exchange for donating some much-needed school supplies, or a backpack, to “Operation School Supplies.”

Like Last Year, Helping Is Easy:

  1. Call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule your check-up and adjustment.
  2. Shop for some school supplies (ones that are needed: rulers, colored pencils, calculators, backpacks).
  3. Bring in your school supplies to The Back Care Center and get your free chair massage and adjustment.

Another Way You Can Help

You can help us collect over 100 items this year by telling just one of your friends or co-workers. If they donate some school supplies, they’ll get a consultation and evaluation, followed by a report AND an adjustment (normally $335) …all complimentary. Just tell them to call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment and mention “Operation School Supplies.”

Thank you for helping us help Grant Elementary School and our school kids.

Yours in Health,

Dr. David Schwartz, D.C.


 

The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

3 Travel Tips for Less Back and Neck Pain

Photo showing couple packing small suitcases to avoid back pain on summer trips

A lot of people are going on vacation in these latter weeks of summer. Getting away from it all is great, but if you have a back problem you’re taking your pain along with you on the trip.

So here are a few ideas to help avoid ruining your summer vacation.

TIP 1
First, start with the packing. You are better off packing 2-3 smaller bags than 1 larger bag. Even the smaller ones can be tough, so if you have to lift them, make certain to get some help. Smaller overnight suitcases with wheels are the best. They are the easiest to move and put the least strain on your body.

TIP 2
Second, pack things that can help you manage any small episodes of back and neck pain, especially if you’re spending time in uncomfortable car seats, or even more cramped airplane and train seats. Ice packs are a necessary travel companion. I am not personally a fan of over the counter pain medication, but some people find that they can be helpful and use them to temporarily manage pain.

TIP 3
Third, and maybe most important, if you have a spinal problem and you are already under the care of a chiropractor, make sure that you get adjusted before you leave on your trip. It may not be enough to fix your problem, but it might be just enough to keep your pain manageable while you are gone. If you are away and need to see someone right away, find a chiropractor near you and have them give me a call… if you’re a patient of The Back Care Center, that is! I will tell them about your condition and how to help you. It is not uncommon at vacation spots for chiropractors to see a patient once or twice until they can get back home to their regular doctor.

Meanwhile all of us at The Back Care Center are wishing you a great rest of the summer! We hope it is happy, safe and pain-free.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

Drinking and Drugs Are Not The Best Way To Treat Back Pain

Photo of man using drugs and alcohol to hide his back pain.

A new patient came in from Bergenfield last month. He told me that he has so much neck pain and back pain that he needs to use some very strong medications just to get through work. I asked him if had to use them every day and he told me no. He knew how bad the medications were for him and he was concerned about becoming dependent on them. So on the weekends he drinks instead of taking the drugs.

I have to admit, this was the first time a patient told me they get drunk to deal with back or neck pain. However, after thinking about it, I realized what he was doing wasn’t that uncommon. Lots of people drink to forget about emotional pain. Drinking to deal with physical pain probably isn’t all that different.

We put him on a program of chiropractic adjustments and he has reported relief of his back pain and improvement of his neck pain by about 75%. He is exercising as well and is happy to report that he no longer takes medication or drinks to deal with his pain.

If you know someone who is going to extreme measures to cover up their back pain or neck pain, please let them know they can get help. Before the drugs (and alcohol) start adding to their problems, send them to our Dumont office. Call us today at 201-387-7463.


 

The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

It’s Earache Season, And Antibiotics May Not Be The Best Choice

photo of little girl with an earache that can be treated without antibiotics at The Back Care Center

Every year around this time, parents tell me about their children who are suffering with earaches and swimmer’s ear. It is pretty understandable because, as the weather turns warmer, kids spend more time in pools and lakes with their heads underwater and ear problems are common.

Sometimes the outside of the ear might even turn a bit red, but the most common symptom is moderate to severe pain in and around the ear. Parents will quickly bring their child to the pediatrician, where the diagnosis is usually “ear infection” and the treatment is typically antibiotics.

Within two to three days the pain is gone and everyone figures that the treatment was a success. The sad truth is that kids who use antibiotics for this type of problem are more likely to develop ear infections again in the future. Which means they are constantly on and off of antibiotics.

For kids, chiropractic care is usually great at eliminating chronic earaches or swimmer’s ear. The adjustments are quick, safe and most importantly very effective. For this problem we usually focus on the upper back and neck. Those areas are closely involved in helping the Eustachian tubes to open, allowing better drainage of the inner ear.

One of the most dramatic cases was actually my own daughter. When she was about 5 or 6 years old, she came home from camp one day with a terrible earache. Her ear was bright red. When I got home from the office she was crying from the pain. I lay her down and started working on her, and in the middle of the adjustment she actually stopped crying and fell asleep. She woke up one time in the middle of the night and I adjusted her once more. By the next morning she had no pain, her ear wasn’t red and she said she felt fine. She is almost 12 and has only had one other episode of ear pain since then.

If your child is suffering from earaches or swimmer’s ear, make certain to have them checked out right away. Give us a call at 201-387-7463


 

The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

 

Happy Independence Day – Here’s the Backcare Center’s Schedule for 4th of July Weekend

Photo of American Flag and fireworks for 4th of July at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Happy 4th of July to all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park Teaneck and Tenafly.

The Back Care Center will have the following hours this week:

  • Friday, July 4th:             Closed
  • Saturday, July 5th:        Closed
  • Monday, July 7th:         Open normal hours

Enjoy the holiday and have a happy, healthy, and safe 4th of July.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Headaches are trending at The Back Care Center. So is headache relief.

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It always seems that problems come into the office in groups. For a while, a lot of people will call asking for help with lower back pain. Then it will switch to something like neck pain. Lately, it has been headaches. In the past month, we have had at least ten new patients all asking for relief from headache pain.

They all had different types; migraine, sinus headaches, tension headaches, even headaches due to whiplash injuries. The only thing that they had in common was that the pain was making them miserable and having terrible effects on their lives. One woman was in so much pain that even after seeing several doctors, having a full battery of tests including an MRI of her brain and finding nothing wrong, she was still convinced that she must have brain tumor. (By the way, she didn’t have a tumor and is doing fine.)

One particular man from Tenafly came in because his wife, who has been a patient of mine, insisted he get checked. After years of watching him suffer from frequent migraines, she couldn’t stand seeing him in pain any longer. He had been getting headaches since he was a kid but in recent years the frequency and severity had grown worse. Now he often missed work, or had to leave early because of the pain. When he was at home, it wasn’t uncommon to find him laying, eyes closed, in a darkened room with an icepack on his forehead. Every aspect of his life was being ruined.

It has only been a month since starting care, but in that time he has only had one headache and it wasn’t a migraine. After a couple of weeks, he still had a little bit of tension in the base of his neck, so I sent him to our massage therapist which made him feel even better. Now when he comes in, there is a smile on his face and he is happy to come to Dumont for his headache care.

If you or someone you know is suffering from headaches, don’t let them continue in pain. We provide headache relief for patients from Dumont and the surrounding area. Call us today at 201-387-7463


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.