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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.