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Spring Break Successes

 

Photo of spring break written in sand, to represent spring break success stories for patients of The Back Care Center.
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By now Spring Break is just about over for everyone. A few of my patients went away on vacation and had to miss coming in for a week or two. For someone who has been taking care of themselves for a while, a short break in their treatment is usually not an issue, but these patients had just started care within the last month or two so I was a bit concerned. As you can see, though, with a little foresight, a few responsible accommodations to their conditions, and some timely chiropractic treatments, their trips were pain-free, Spring Break success stories.

One woman from Dumont had been suffering with back pain that radiated all the way down her leg. She was doing well but was planning on traveling down south with her husband and family. The plan included a lot of walking and sightseeing. When she started with me, putting any weight on her leg cause terrible pain. However, after a short period of chiropractic adjustments, she was able to go on her trip and keep up with her family.

Another man was having almost constant headaches. He usually woke up feeling okay but by the middle of the day, his headaches had caused him to take medication and he often had to leave work early to go home to Bergenfield to lay down in a dark room. He had plans to travel to a beach but being out in the sun was torture when he had a headache. Fortunately he was feeling much better by the time he left and the biggest problem he had was a bad sunburn. No headaches the entire time he was on vacation.

A third patient, a woman from Demarest was getting terrible pain in her buttock when she sat in her car for more than a half hour. Her vacation plans included visiting some friends in Pennsylvania. It was a 3-hour drive each way. She made certain to stop every hour for a quick rest but made it there and back with practically no pain.

I hope that pain didn’t ruin your spring break. But if you or someone you knows is suffering, don’t lose another day of vacation. Give us a call at The Back Care Center.


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.

I don’t work for insurance companies.

Photo of neck pain patient reading insurance coverage letter
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People come to “The Back Care Center” with many different types of problems. We do a thorough examination before deciding if we can help with their case. Prior to starting any type of treatment, I sit down with the patient, discuss everything that was found and do my best to answer any questions they may have. One of their most common issues is about the patient’s health care coverage. That’s when I have to explain that I work for them, not the insurance company.

For my entire career, my goals for my patients have always been the same. When someone comes to the office, I want to get them better and back to doing what matters to them the most. Patients have a goal as well. They want to feel better, they want to avoid having to take pain medication daily and more than anything, they want to get back to their lives.

Insurance companies have an ambition as well. They want to make as much money as they can. Yup, that’s it! They have boards of directors, CFO’s, CEO’s as well as thousands of employees. They all have an obligation to their stockholders to make as large a profit as possible without breaking any laws. (Although, they obviously have no issue with bending them a bit!)

Health insurance problems are a fact of life. We work with all companies as well as Medicare to make certain that every patient gets as much money as possible from their policy towards their case. While we work very hard to make certain that care is ALWAYS affordable, each policy is different in its coverage. So, we base every patient’s treatment plan on their needs and not the limitations of their insurance policy.

As a chiropractor, working for the insurance company would be a nightmare since we simply don’t share common objectives. Instead, I will continue to work for my patients so together they can reach their goals and I can reach mine.


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.

Doctor Recommended?

Photo of smiling doctor prescribing drugs to patients that pharmaceutical companies want him to prescribe.
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These days television is filled with commercials for drugs of all types. Very often they are described as “Doctor Recommended.” It is a powerful phrase that slides by fast in the commercial, but have you ever stopped to wonder why doctors are recommending these particular drugs?

Most physicians go into health care with a deep desire to help people live healthier and happier lives. Medications are one of the primary tools they use. However, the doctors don’t develop these tools and usually it is a representative from a pharmaceutical company that really suggests which medications should be used for a particular condition.

It is still the doctor who prescribes the medication and it doesn’t sound very good on television to say “Drug Company Recommended.” After all, how many of us truly trust “Big Pharma?” So I expect that we will continue to see more advertisements implying that prescribing these drugs was a doctor’s idea.

So the next time you see a commercial with a kind and wise doctor telling you which medication he recommends for all of his patients, remember who is really giving you that advice.


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.

My Happy Place

Photo of a happy, healthy couple holding hands, from The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ

I am generally an upbeat person but not all days are as good as others. Sometimes stress really gets to me and the whole world looks a little bit less exciting. There is no question that this feeling is common and everyone goes through the same thing. I am not going to pretend to have any special wisdom about how to handle those times, but want to share an experience that got me through a particularly difficult day.

Sometime about a week ago, the weather had warmed up enough for people to begin to enjoy being outside. I was in Dumont driving towards my office and happened to see a patient of mine walking hand-in-hand with his wife. They apparently were on the way to pick up their child from school. They were both laughing and from the expression on his face, he was loving life at that moment.

Just about a month earlier this same man had come into my office with his wife. He had been suffering with severe pain in his lower back which went down his leg and was affecting his life in every way. He couldn’t play with his kids, driving or walking was difficult and he told me he was “living on Advil.” Both he and his wife were very concerned about his future and how this pain would continue to affect him.

A few days prior to that day he had come in for his adjustment and his pain was almost totally gone. When I saw him on the street, I got a glimpse of just how much his life had changed by getting rid of his pain.

The next time he came in I thanked him, because seeing him made me happy and helped turn a difficult day into a wonderful one!

If you or someone you know is suffering with back pain tell them to call the office today. Let me help them to find their “Happy Place.”


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 Can Steal Your Life

Photo of woman at work suffering from neck pain, which can be treated by Chiropractor Dr. David Schwartz at The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ.

Some people just don’t realize how pain affects their life. I had a new patient from Closter last week with this problem, but her story is so common that we can all learn something from it.

She came in after work, complaining of neck pain going into her head. The pain was frequent but she said it doesn’t get in the way of getting things done.

While I was taking her history she repeated at least 5 times that “it really is not so bad.” However, some days she took as many as 8 Advil/day to manage the pain. She also told me that when she gets a headache at work, sometimes she has to go into a darkened room for up to 1/2 hour and her co-workers have to cover for her absence. At home her husband and kids know when she is in pain and have learned to stay away. It is also not unusual when out with friends to go home early because of a sudden episode of pain.

After we finished the consultation, I read back everything to her. She was stunned by it all and began to cry. “I didn’t realize how bad it really has been. I just try to keep on going.”

We did an exam and took some x-rays. I believe that with some time, she will do well. What was amazing was her surprise at the effect the problem had on her life. She was so focused on being productive that she didn’t see how much had already been lost.

Honestly, her story wasn’t that unusual. People lose little bits of their life to pain without noticing. Finally when the loss becomes too much to handle, they seek help. If you are just getting through the day like so many others than don’t wait until you lose more of your life. Call us at 201-387-7463 today for an appointment.


 

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 Presidents’ Day! Please See Our Holiday Schedule.

Photo of Mount Rushmore, indicating that The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ will be closed for Presidents' Day.

Dr. David Schwartz and the entire staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ want you to have a happy President’s Day weekend.

The Back Care Center will be closing early, at 1:00 pm on Friday afternoon. We will be closed until Wednesday, February 18th, when we will reopen at normal hours.

See you Wednesday. Have a great and healthy long weekend.


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.

Everyone Has a Weak Point

Montage of a collection of x-rays showing that everybody has weak spots.

When I was a child, I was asthmatic and used to get frequent attacks where I could barely breath. It affected me in so many ways including my endurance and strength. Exerting myself in the cold weather almost always resulted in fits of wheezing and coughing. As I have gotten older the attacks have become less frequent but to this date, whenever I get sick, it seems to always hit my weak point, my lungs, and I end up with bronchitis.

Everyone has a weak point. Often it is in their back, neck or shoulders. People with these problems will tell me that all has been going well but recently things have been “stressful” and now they are having pain again.

Your weak point becomes a chronic issue, and whenever the stresses of your life are too much to handle it will act up. The cause can be emotional stress, but it can also be physical or chemical pressures as well. So things like troubles at home or at work can cause you to have pain, but overworking and eating or drinking the wrong things can also create the same types of problems.

Chiropractic care is very helpful when dealing with those weaknesses. Adjustments address the areas that are bothering you and help those chronic problem areas get out of pain faster and more safely without resorting medications that just hide the symptoms.

If someone you know is suffering with chronic problems, they may have a weakness that needs some help. Tell them to give us a call right away.


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 Holidays! Happy New Year! Here’s the Back Care Center’s Holiday Schedule:

Image of fireworks and Happy New Year 2015, from the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

All the best to you during the holiday season, from Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ.

Holiday Schedule for the Back Care Center:

The Back Care Center will be closed the following days:
Wednesday, December 24: closing at 1 PM
Thursday, December 25: Closed
Friday, December 26: Closed
Saturday, December 27: Closed
Wednesday, December 31: closing at 1 PM
Thursday, January 1: Closed
Friday, January 2: Closed
Saturday, January 3: Closed

Please plan your visits accordingly. With winter weather and the holidays upon us, it’s more important than ever to stay healthy with regular chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage and spinal decompression therapy.


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.

Getting Healthy and Staying Healthy Takes Time

Photo of calendars illustrating the concept that getting healthy and staying healthy takes timeDuring the Thanksgiving holiday I went out of town to visit family, so we had to close the office. The Monday that I got back was interesting. It had only been a week but several, of my patients reported that some of their pain had returned. Honestly, I wasn’t very surprised since those particular patients had pretty severe conditions and had only recently begun care. After the adjustment they felt better again, but it got me thinking.

Many people go to the chiropractor and as soon as their pain gets better they stop their care. In my office we don’t treat people this way. Instead, we take the time to make corrections. My patients were all feeling better – but what if they had thought that chiropractic care was no longer needed just because they felt good for a short period of time? When the pain started returning, they might have thought that chiropractic didn’t work for them and turned to other solutions such as drugs, or perhaps dangerous spinal surgeries.

Over my 27 years of practice, I have told many patients that back pain is often more than just a little problem that requires a quick fix. It is usually the result of long standing issues that have gone untreated, sometimes for years. It takes time to correct these types of issues and truly get better.

Thank goodness this vacation was just a small break. All of my patients are continuing with their treatment programs and I expect that they will do well. I think they know that we are working to help them make a change in their health.


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.

Looking for a Holiday Gift? Try our December Massage Special

Image showing Back at Ease massage therapy located in The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ
Give the gift of massage this holiday season!

The holiday season may be filled with joy, but travel, crowds, storms, and even family can contribute to stress, tension, back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Why not give the gift of relaxation this year with a discounted pack of massages from Back at Ease, our therapeutic massage center located in The Back Care Center? Even better, this year, when you give a gift of massage to someone you care about, we’ll give you a little something for you, too.

Through December 30th, whenever you purchase one of our discounted massage therapy packs, you will also receive an additional massage gift card you can keep for yourself or give as a gift.

Buy a 5-pack of 1-hour massages for $300 and receive a massage gift card loaded with 30 minutes of free bonus massage. (Normally a $365 value.)

Buy a 10-pack of 1-hour massages for $600 and receive a massage gift card loaded with 60 minutes of free bonus massage. (Normally a $715 value.)

It’s the ultimate holiday present for the one you love! Your massage packs do not expire and can be used every day that we are open.

Don’t wait! Buy your massage pack at the front desk the next time you’re at The Back Care Center for a chiropractic adjustment, or call us at 201-387-7463 today.

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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.