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A Hawk Doesn’t Resent Gravity!

Photo of man riding uphill for a blog post about sticking with your exercise and treatment regimen from The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ. Credit: Design Pics/Thinkstock.
Credit: Design Pics/Thinkstock

This past Sunday I was out riding my bicycle in Washington Township and was struggling up a pretty steep hill. I was about half way up and could see the top. My legs were hurting, I was breathing hard and all I could think was “I really hate gravity.”

Suddenly a hawk leapt from its perch on a low tree branch and passed in front of me just a few feet off the ground. It flapped furiously to gain some height and just managed to clear the trees in front of me. I watched as it kept on climbing until it was high enough to begin circling and gliding.

As I watched the hawk fly, I realized that unlike me on my bike, it didn’t seem to resent the gravity: it just did what it had to do to get high enough to fly and hunt. I felt inspired by the thought and I pushed my way up the hill.

During the rest of the ride, I had time to think. Many of us spend time resenting things we need to do instead of just doing what needs to be done. It doesn’t matter how important the issue, there always seems to be a reason why we avoid getting it accomplished. So it really isn’t a surprise that when it comes to health, some people don’t want to do what’s necessary.

When patients come into my office with pain, my job is to evaluate their problem and create a plan for a solution. If I am going to help, they have to stick to the plan and do things like keep their appointments, do their exercises, and make changes to their diet. Most work with me and get positive results; however, some resent the process, don’t follow through with the plan, and never get better.

If you are suffering with something like neck pain or back pain and it is stopping you from doing the things you love, you can do something about it. But if you decide to improve your health, then don’t get frustrated by the process. Pedal harder and get to the top of your hill.

We may not be able to help you fly like a hawk, but we can help you get the relief you need.


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.

Help Victims of Domestic Violence May 4-9 at The Back Care Center of Dumont, N

This May, you can help us end the cycle of domestic abuse violence.

It’s the 12th year that we’ve offered our chiropractic services in exchange for donations to Shelter Our Sisters, which has changed its name to the Center for Hope and Safety.

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

From May 4-9, 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 up to $80

All money raised will be given to Center for Hope and Safety 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 how The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ supports Center for Hope and Safety in the struggle to end domestic violence and abuse.
Print out this flyer and help spread the word!

They Need Your Help – Spread the Word!

Center for Hope and Safety can use all the help they can get. One way you can help is to click on the image to the left, print out our flyer and give it to people who may want to help Center for Hope and Safety and get a chiropractic adjustment at the same time.

About Center for Hope and Safety

Center for Hope and Safety is Bergen County’s leading full-service non-profit agency for victims of domestic violence. Here’s their mission statement:

Center for Hope and Safety’s 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, Center for Hope and Safety raises awareness, provides services, and educates community members about domestic violence.

You can find out more about “ Center for Hope and Safety by visiting their website today. They can always use in-kind donations, volunteers, and of course, financial assistance.


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.

A Sad Story about Back Surgery

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!

A patient from Cresskill came in recently with a sad story. He told me he used to be a runner until herniating a disc in his lower back. The pain started slowly but very soon it had progressed enough to make even walking too painful to bear. He didn’t want to give up running so he tried resting, physical therapy and even pain management. Nothing really worked and eventually he ended up having back surgery.

His surgeon promised to do his best to help get him back to running. However a very short time after the surgery, the pain in my patient’s lower back and down his leg (sciatica) had returned. The only suggestion he got from his doctor was to have more surgery and to remove another disc.

The patient came to me desperate to avoid another failed back surgery and hoping to MAYBE get back to running a bit. The past surgery made it a more difficult case but after examining his spine and looking at his MRI, I placed him on a program of soft instrument adjustments, cold laser and spinal decompression using our “DiscForce” table.

After a very short period of time, the pain had practically disappeared in both his back and in his leg. We have started him on his core training program and have high hopes we will be able help him to start running again.

Back surgery is almost always a last resort. Just about half of the time, lower back disc surgeries fail within the first year and leave the patient worse off than they started. Fortunately, our office has the tools to help most who are thinking about having back surgery. If you are thinking that surgery is your answer, give us a call to find out if you are a candidate for our program. Maybe we can give your story a happy ending!


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.

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.