Happy Labor Day! Here’s The Backcare Center’s Schedule for the Rest of the Summer.

Happy Labor Day image from the Back Care CenterThe summer is just about over, and we wanted to wish a Happy Labor Day 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 be closed on the following days over the next two weeks:

Friday Aug 23th thru Sunday August 25th
Wednesday Aug 28th
thru Monday September 2nd

Enjoy the holiday and have a happy, healthy, and safe Labor Day.

Sincerely,

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

Why a Back Injury Is Like a Ball Rolling Down a Hill

Why back pain is like a ball rolling down a hill

Sometimes injuries happen quickly. They are the result of an accident or a fall, and the pain is obvious and immediate. But many back problems are more subtle.

I like to explain it to my patients with the analogy of rolling a ball down a hill.

If a ball is sitting at the top of a hill, all you need to do is give it a small push and gravity does the rest. At first it doesn’t look like much. If the hill isn’t too steep you may not see much movement. It may get held up by some tall grass or get stuck in a small hole. But just one or two tiny pushes and it starts again, gathering speed and before you know it, that ball is out of your control and flying down the hill.

Most back injuries start off the same way. Slowly, hardly moving at all but gathering momentum until they are out of control and the pain is severe.

It is only when the pain gets out of control that most patients even notice that there is a problem. Then they come to The Back Care Center with injuries that have been developing for a long time. We can almost always help with their pain, but depending on the how long the condition has existed and how “far down the hill” they have gone, sometimes we can’t push that ball all the way to the top of the hill again. For some people the best we can do is to stop the rolling and keep them from going further down the hill.

But there’s more to it than that. Once we have helped with the pain, the ball is still sitting on a hill, but we’ve stopped it from rolling further down the hill by putting our foot on the ball. If we take our foot off, the ball slowly begins to roll down the hill again and before you know it, the pain is back and getting worse faster than ever.

That is why we continue to see and adjust patients even after they have gotten out of pain, and why we give them exercises to increase their strength. Because if we just ignore they problem, then we’re letting that ball start rolling down that hill again, and it’s only a matter of time before the problem is worse than ever.

 

 

Do You Have Goals for Your Health?

couple on bicycles living healthy lifestyle

Last week I was doing a re-evaluation on a patient. She had been doing very well, her pain was gone and I was focused on moving her to the next stage of her care. We were sitting and speaking but after a very short time, it became apparent that she didn’t really have any health goals and just figured if “she wasn’t sick or in pain, that should be good enough.”

Her revelation was shocking to me. We all have health-related challenges. I just assumed that everyone sees the benefits of overcoming those issues and works towards that goal. When I suggested that she should take more control of her health and set some health related goals, she looked at me as if I was speaking another language. “Why would I need to have health goals?” she asked.

I had a personal realization after speaking with her. My attitude about health is so different than most because it comes from my perspective after 26 years taking care of people. I have seen the emotional, physical and financial costs of neglecting your health. There have been so many patients who have come to me over the years and lots of them ONLY came in when they were sick or in pain. Those same people almost always come back to me in the future with the same problems or something closely related.

Things like arthritis, back pain, neck pain, herniated or bulging discs all become much more severe if all you treat is the pain. Regular chiropractic care is critical to minimizing future damage. Also, taking long-term action on your own by eating right, exercising and sleeping enough makes huge a difference.

My suggestion for everyone is to have goals for your health. Plan what you are going to do every week and do your best to stick to the plan. Remember the benefits from this approach are less pain, fewer injuries and more time to live the life you want.

If you need help setting your own personal health goals, please give us a call.

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:

  • Wednesday, July 3rd:   Open normal hours
  • Thursday, July 4th:       Closed
  • Friday, July 5th:             Closed
  • Saturday, July 6th:        Closed
  • Monday, July 8th:         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

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJEvery couple of weeks we make it a point to educate our practice members about a particular symptom. This week we focused on a very painful symptom called “Sciatica”.

The sciatic nerve is formed from the combining of several different lower back nerve roots. It is the largest nerve in the body. When something happens to irritate or pinch that nerve people will experience pain, tingling or even a burning sensation, traveling from the lower back or buttock down to the back of the thigh and sometimes all the way to the foot (Sciatica).

People with sciatica often find sitting or standing extremely painful. Working can become impossible and as the pain becomes worse over time, any movement results in new spasms of pain shooting from the back down the leg.

There are many reasons for sciatica. Two of the most common causes are spinal subluxation (misaligned spinal bones) and nerve pressure from a herniated or bulging disc (the spongy shock-absorber between spinal bones).

As a chiropractor, I have over 25 years of experience taking care of subluxations. Using a variety of different methods, I can gently and safely move spinal bones back into their normal position, un-pinching nerves and relieving pain. Additionally, in our office we do mechanical spinal decompression to fix disc problems without using drugs to cover the pain or dangerous surgeries.

Personally, I have had the problem and know how painful sciatica can be. When I was 16 years old, I was told by an orthopedist that surgery was the only way for me to be rid of my leg and back pain. Eventually, though, it was a chiropractor who helped me, which eventually led to my choice of career. If you know of someone suffering with sciatic pain don’t wait, call them today and send them to our office for help.

 

Kinesio Taping Stronger Than Ever

This is what Kinesio Tape looks like on a neck and shoulder.

Sure, it looks cool. But it really works, too. Find out more about Kinesio Taping at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

One of the nice things about being a chiropractor is that it never gets boring and I have to keep on learning. Health care is constantly changing and if you don’t stay up to date, it is so easy to get left behind. Last weekend, I went to a workshop on “Kinesio Taping.”

Kinesio taping has been around for almost 40 years and I have been using it for a while at The Back Care Center. Most people in the US first noticed the brightly colored tape around the 2008 Olympics when Kerry Walsh, while wearing it on her shoulder, won the gold medal in beach volleyball for the US. Since then it has become more common to see top athletes sporting Kinesio tape, and has been used with increasing frequency by health care providers and their patients for relief or painful and swollen joints or recovery and rehabilitation for injuries.

I use the tape with many of my patients. It is a perfect complement to chiropractic adjustments. Days after an adjustment, the tape can actually still help continue the work the adjustment started. It’s like sending my hands home with them!

We have had great results with shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis – even our disc patients who are using spinal decompression therapy have gotten good changes. But now, with the new techniques I learned at last weekend’s workshop, I am more excited than ever about Kinesio Taping, and I know the results my patients will get will be even better, too.

Memorial Day Weekend: The Back Care Center is open Saturday but closed Monday

Memorial DayIt’s Memorial Day. A time to remember our brave men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The office will be open tomorrow, Saturday, May 25th but we will be closed Monday, 5/27.

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

Does the Future Belong to Health Care Hit Men?

Don't give in to healthcare hitmen - visit The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJToday I am on a bit of a rant. A patient came into the office after being involved in an automobile accident. She had a herniated disc in her neck, pinching a nerve going into her arm, causing pain and weakness.

When I first saw her, she couldn’t turn her head or use her arm at all. Luckily, we take care of herniated discs here and we started her on program of spinal decompression, cold laser and chiropractic adjustments. About a month later she had less neck pain, more motion and her arm was getting stronger.

I sent the patient’s insurance company a report outlining her progress and my plan to continue helping her. Two days later I heard back from them and was surprised to learn that my “request” for care was denied!

I was confused and called the insurance company. This woman was making terrific progress but clearly was still hurting and needed more work. They connected me to the doctor who had made the decision about her case. (Of course, he had never met her and the only information he had was my report outlining the need for care).

I reminded him of the case and told him why I was calling. I pointed out that my patient was still demonstrating symptoms and had significant findings on her examination. He told me that the testing I had done (the same testing which every MD or DC uses) did not, in his opinion, demonstrate a problem and that the improvement in my patient’s progress and her current symptoms were irrelevant.

The good news is that I ignored this “Health Care Hit Man” from the insurance company. The patient did very well and after about four more weeks of care she successfully recovered from her injuries.

The reason I am so upset is that the writing is on the wall. The insurance companies are all doing the same thing. They are hiring some “professional” who has never met you and giving them the power to make decisions about your health and the type of care you will require.

I am telling you now because forewarned is forearmed. You need to know your insurance company is not going to be looking out for you. They are cutting coverage for care and at the same time raising premium costs every year.

Fortunately, at The Back Care Center we and don’t let the insurance companies push us around. We make it a point to keep care affordable and to treat our patients, not their insurance company.

If that’s the kind of care you’re looking for, then give us a call.

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. 

Shelter Our Sisters, a Bergen County nonprofit providing safe housing, hotline counseling, and life-changing support services to women and children.

There’s Still Time to Support “Shelter Our Sisters” at The Back Care Center until May 11.

Shelter Our Sisters, a Bergen County nonprofit providing safe housing, hotline counseling, and life-changing support services to women and children.So far, thanks to you, our annual drive for “Shelter Our Sisters” is going great.

We’ve had lots of generous donations… and more importantly, lots of interest and concern about “Shelter Our Sisters” and their mission from our patients.

It’s a little surprising, but every time I tell a patient the story of how long we’ve been helping SOS (10 years!), it reminds me of how good it feels to support a cause and help people.

And that brings me to you. If you’re reading this, I want you to think about helping two groups of people: Shelter Our Sisters, and the people in your life who are in pain.

If you know somebody with back pain, or neck pain, or headaches, and you thin they might be helped by chiropractic care, then now is the time to bring them in. First of all, they can get exams and x-rays for a donation of just $35, rather than the normal charge of $255. And second, that donation goes to help protect the victims of domestic violence.

It’s a win-win-win. And you’re at the heart of it all.

Just to remind you, our drive lasts until this Saturday, May 11. During that time, 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. Please call for an appointment today at 201-387-7463.

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