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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.

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Saturday, June 28

As you all know, Dr. Schwartz is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and techniques in chiropractic care so we can continue to provide our patients with the best possible service.

Unfortunately, this means that Dr. Schwartz is at a training seminar this weekend and so the office will be closed Saturday, 6/27/14.

See you next Monday. And have a great and healthy 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.

Doctor Can’t Heal Thyself!

With all the activities I enjoy doing, it really isn’t a surprise that I have had more than a few injuries. Most recently it was from a fall while rollerblading. I got hit from behind, went flying into the air and landed hard on my back. My neck hurt right away from the impact, but when the back of my head hit the handle bar of the bike that knocked me over, it was like adding “insult to injury.” That night I used a lot of ice on my neck but by next day I was still in pain and turning my head left or right just made it worse.

Luckily, I was able to get to my chiropractor. (Yes, chiropractors see other chiropractors!) He took a look and told me I had suffered a pretty bad whiplash injury. He adjusted me, and then a little later I got some work done on me by the massage therapist in the office. I figured things would be better in the morning. The next day however, I was still in pain and that was when the panicked voice in my head started screaming, “Oh god, what is wrong? Is this going to get better?”

I went directly back to my chiropractor who, thankfully, spoke to me like he would any other patient. “David” he said, “you are hurt and it is going to take time for you to get better. But, you are going to get better, just give it some time.” I knew he was right and managed to calm down.

So now, I am seeing my chiropractor three times a week. My neck is getting better and I am being patient. Certain things still hurt and I have to remember to avoid twisting my head too fast. Injuries like this take time to get better and chiropractic care is the perfect way to help with the recovery.

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.

Memorial Day Weekend Hours: The Back Care Center Is Closed Saturday and Monday

Memorial Day

 

It’s Memorial Day weekend. A time to remember our brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, while we also enjoy a much-needed break from work.

The office will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, May 24th and Monday, May 26th.

For all of our patients, neighbors and friends in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park Teaneck and Tenafly: stay healthy, stay safe, and spare a thought for our brave men and women who are still in harm’s way overseas.

Sincerely,

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

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Friday and Saturday, May 16-17

As you all know, Dr. Schwartz is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and techniques in chiropractic care so we can continue to provide our patients with the best possible service.

Unfortunately, this means that Dr. Schwartz is at a training seminar this weekend and so the office will be closed Friday, 5/16/14 and Saturday, 5/17/14.

See you next Monday. And have a great and healthy 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.

Why I Think It’s So Important to Support “Shelter Our Sisters”

Shelter Our Sisters, a Bergen County nonprofit providing safe housing, hotline counseling, and life-changing support services to women and children.This week is our annual fundraiser for Shelter Our Sisters.

Shelter Our Sisters is the amazing organization that provides safe havens in Bergen County for victims of domestic violence. Every year I am excited to raise money for them but always wish I could give them more.

Without Shelter Our Sisters, so many people would be trapped in abusive situations with no place to turn. Personally, the thought of children forced to grow up in these types of violent homes is too much for me to contemplate and I believe anyone with a young child can understand my sentiment.

Through May 14th we are donating services in the office in exchange for donations to Shelter Our Sisters. Existing practice members can get adjusted (up to $80 normally) for a $25 donation and ANYONE can have their spine evaluated (including x-rays – up to $255 normally) for a $35 donation.

Please help us make this year a great success. If it’s been a while since you had a chiropractic adjustment or had your spine checked, call the office at 201-387-7463 to make 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.

Join Us and Support Shelter Our Sisters May 10-14 at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

It’s spring, which means it is once again time to help us end the cycle of domestic abuse violence.

For 11 years, we’ve been offering our chiropractic services in exchange for donations to “Shelter Our Sisters.” And for 11 years, our patients have come through for these victims of domestic violence.

If you’re a new or existing patient in Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Dumont, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck or Tenafly this is your chance to save money and help an incredibly important cause at the same time.

From May 10-14, The Back Care Center will provide:

  • Exams and X-Rays for a $35 donation
    (normally a $255 charge)
  • Adjustments for a $25 donation
    (one per patient, normally $80)

All money raised will be given to “Shelter Our Sisters” to help protect the victims of domestic violence.

You can help stop the cycle of violence. Please call for an appointment today at 201-387-7463.

Image of flyer about supporting "Shelter Our Sisters" at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ May 11-14.
Support "Shelter Our Sisters" at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ May 10-14.

They Need Your Help – Spread the Word!

“Shelter Our Sisters” can use all the help they can get. One way you can help is to spread the word to anyone you know who may want to help SOS and get a chiropractic adjustment at the same time.

About Shelter Our Sisters

“Shelter Our Sisters” is Bergen County’s leading full-service non-profit agency for victims of domestic violence. Here’s their mission statement:

Shelter Our Sisters’ mission is to assist women and children who are victims of domestic violence, including emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency. Through community partnerships, Shelter Our Sisters raises awareness, provides services, and educates community members about domestic violence.

You can find out more about “Shelter Our Sisters” by visiting their website today. They can always use in-kind donations, volunteers, and of course, financial assistance.

Please help us make this year a great success. If it’s been a while since you had a spinal exam or a chiropractic adjustment, give us a call at 201-387-7463 to make an appointment.