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.