A Hawk Doesn’t Resent Gravity!

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.”

Photo of man biking up a hill for The Back Care Center blog post about doing what needs to be done. Credit_Design Pics-Thinkstock.

Credit: Design Pics/Thinkstock.

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, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Englewood, Harrington Park, Haworth, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly in Northern New Jersey. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

You Can’t Do That!

A patient from Harrington Park came to see me because he was having lower back pain. The pain had started in his back and was traveling into his leg all the way into his foot. The MRI showed that he had a herniated disc that was pinching a nerve in his lower back. Not only was it causing him pain but also it was making his leg so weak that his toes dragged on the ground when he walked (called a foot drop).

image of neurologist saying no when a chiropractor says yes

Don’t let “Doctor No” force you into unnecessary surgery!

 

 

We started care and he began to improve but his wife had made him an appointment in a neurologist’s office and she insisted that he keep the appointment. The neurologist was alarmed about the foot drop and, even though he was showing improvement, he recommended surgery on the herniated disc.

I called the neurologist and spoke with him about the case. I outlined the progress we had made at The Back Care Center and let him know that we have had great results with similar cases. He told me, “You can’t do that.” He insisted there was no way I could help a patient with a herniated disc and a foot drop.

The patient wasn’t too keen on the idea of surgery and was pleased with the results we had been getting, so he continued to work with me. We used spinal decompression, chiropractic and exercise therapy together and I am happy to say the patient made a full recovery.

I sent the Neurologist a final report when we finished up with the patient’s care. For some reason I never heard back from the neurologist about the case. I hate when someone tells me “You can’t do that” – especially when I can.

Has somebody told you that you can’t get healthy without surgery? Are you looking for a non-surgical path out of pain and back to health? Call us at The Back Care Center and let’s see what we’re able to accomplish together.


The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Englewood, Harrington Park, Haworth, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly in Northern New Jersey. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.

Do Your Discs Hurt?

Our practice is a bit different from some other chiropractic offices since we treat a lot of people with herniated and degenerated discs. We help them with a combination of tools including spinal decompression, instrument chiropractic adjustments, cold laser and exercise therapy. We’re very successful and most patients get better without ever needing to resort to risky surgeries or drugs.

Image of herniated disc which can be treated at The Back Care Center

At the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ we treat herniated discs (shown) with spinal decompression therapy and other techniques.

Lots of people don’t know that they are having a “disc problem” because when these problems first occur, they don’t immediately cause severe symptoms. Instead, they usually begin as intermittent, small issues, like an ache or a pain, deep in the hips, back or neck. They seem to come and go with no reason or warnings and can be little more than an inconvenience. Things can go on that way for weeks, months or even years and people may never recognize the pains as signs of a growing problem until finally they have a severe episode and have to find help.

Disc injuries happen a little bit at a time, sometimes over a period of years. Small injuries add up until the damage is significant. The pain that brings people in for care is usually not the first one they have had – it just is the one that finally gets their attention. Most people miss the early signs of a developing problem, which is sad because catching the issue earlier makes it much easier to help. If you think that you’re showing signs of a disc injury, don’t wait for severe pain to start looking for solutions. Give us a call today.

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.

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 11-12

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, 4/11/14 and Saturday, 4/12/14.

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.

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Friday and Saturday, 1-17-14 to 1-18-14

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, 1/17/14 and Saturday, 1/18/14.

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

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