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.

Help Support Shelter Our Sisters May 6-11 at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Shelter Our Sisters, a Bergen County nonprofit providing safe housing, hotline counseling, and life-changing support services to women and children.It’s that time of year again, when you can help us end the cycle of domestic abuse violence.

During the week of May 6-11, The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ will be providing services in exchange for donations to “Shelter Our Sisters.”

And that means if you’re a new or existing patient in Dumont, Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, New Milford, Harrington Park, Teaneck and Tenafly you will be able to save money and help an incredibly important cause at the same 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. You can help stop the cycle of violence. Please call for an appointment today at 201-387-7463.

Support "Shelter Our Sisters" at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ May 6-11.

Help Us End the Cycle of Violence! Support "Shelter Our Sisters" at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ May 6-11.

Help Spread the Word!

“Shelter Our Sisters” can use all the help they can get. Click on the image to the left so you can print out our flyer and give it to people you know who may want to help SOS and also want to get a chiropractic adjustment.

About Shelter Our Sisters

“Shelter Our Sisters” is Bergen County’s leading full-service non-profit agency for victims of domestic violence. According to their website:

Our mission is to assist women and children victims of emotional, economic, sexual and/or 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, SOS 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.

How Diet Contributes to Arthritis Pain

How Diet Contributes to Arthritis, from The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJThere are many different types of arthritis but most of us don’t care if it is degenerative or autoimmune arthritis. It’s the pain and stiffness that gets our attention. As the condition goes on, joints become swollen and inflamed and any type of movement or activity can become difficult

Medical treatment has been the same for years. Treat the swollen joints with drugs like steroids or “NSAIDs” and hope for the best. The problem is that nobody tries to find out why the problem has happened and, over time, the effects of those drugs can make the problems worse.

So why do your joints get swollen? One reason is that many people have hypersensitive immune systems. Your own defense system is so revved up that the slightest irritation triggers a very strong reaction. Since about 95% of your immune system is in your gut, your diet is an important key to controlling the problem.

Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables will nourish your body and improve healing. However, eating the wrong foods like wheat, processed sugar and dairy can irritate your immune system causing inflammation and lead to joint and muscle pain. You don’t even have to be suffering with belly problems for it to happen.

In our office we correct mechanical problems of the spine by using chiropractic adjustments and therapeutic exercises. Fixing the mechanical cause of irritation helps to get rid of your pain and restore your health. But looking at what foods (and sometimes drugs) patients are putting into their body is an important part of treatment and is why our arthritis patients get great results.

If you are having problems with arthritis and want help, call The Back Care Center today.

April 15th: Free Chair Massage and Raffle for a Samsung Galaxy 2

Tax Relief Day at The Back Care Center April 15thWe’ve just added another item to our stress-busting, tax relief day program at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ:

A Free Raffle for a Samsung Galaxy 2!

Get one chance to win just for stopping by The Back Care Center, and an extra 5 chances to win for every patient you refer to us that day!

Why are we doing this?

Because April 15th may be Tax Day, one of the most stress-filled days of the year, but we can relieve some of that taxation frustration with a little Back Care relaxation! Or, in other words:

  • Free Chair Massages
  • Relaxing Music
  • Herbal Teas and Comfort Food
  • Free Exams & X-rays for new and returning patients

So whether you’re taxed out in Tenafly or Teaneck… nervous in New Milford… exhausted in Englewood… burned out in Bergenfield or Bogota… harried in Harrington Park… crazy in Cresskill… ready to crash in Closter or just thankful to be done in Dumont, stop by The Back Care Center for a little peace, health and stress reduction.

It’s our way of giving you a little “Tax Relief.” Bring your family and friends…
but call for an appointment! 201-387-7463

Tax Relief Day: Free Massages at The Back Care Center April 15th

Tax Relief Day at The Back Care Center in Dumont NJ

Taxed out in Tenafly or Teaneck? Nervous in New Milford? Exhausted in Englewood? Burned out in Bergenfield or Bogota? Harried in Harrington Park? Or just plain crazy in Cresskill?

Of course you are. It’s tax season, and you’re not alone.

April 15th may be Tax Day, one of the most stress-filled days of the year, but we can relieve some of that taxation frustration with a little Back Care relaxation! Whether you’re ready to crash in Closter or just thankful to be done in Dumont, stop by The Back Care Center for a little peace, health and stress reduction.

Or, in other words:

  • Free Chair Massages
  • Relaxing Music
  • Herbal Teas and Comfort Food
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Scalp Massage

It’s our way of giving you a little “Tax Relief.” Bring your family and friends…
but call for an appointment! 201-387-7463

The Back Care Center of Dumont NJ will be closed Friday and Saturday, March 29-30

Dr. David Schwartz and the staff of The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ want to wish a happy Passover and a happy Easter 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 of Dumont, NJ will be closed this Friday and Saturday. (So if you were planning on dropping in unannounced on Saturday, you’ll need to do it Tuesday or Wednesday instead.)

 

Your Spine Is Not Static

Spine and back pain at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJNothing about your health stays the same. It is in a constant state of flux, improving or degrading, depending upon both internal and external factors. This continuous change can be frustrating for people. So many times I have been asked by both patients and friends, “Why is my back hurting again? I thought we fixed it!”

The big answer is that nature doesn’t allow anything to stay static. Everything is constantly in motion. The world around you and the one inside you are always changing. On a personal level, if those changes are positive, they will create an improved state of health. That means less pain and illness. But if they are destructive changes it can lead to illness, pain and breakdowns in your ability have the type of life you want.

To those of you who have done something for your spine but it doesn’t seem to be enough, I would encourage you to be patient. Keep doing the things which lead to better health and you will see the results.

To those of you who have worked on your health before, seen positive changes but then stopped doing what was working (exercise, regular chiropractic adjustments, changes in your diet), don’t be surprised. The work needed for being healthy doesn’t stop when you feel good. It goes on for a lifetime.

If you would like to know how we can help you keep your health keep moving in a positive direction, please give us a call here at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ.

Can Chiropractic Help With Headaches?

When people ask us whether chiropractic can help when it comes to headache management, our answer is, “Absolutely.”

But for some people, that’s not enough. There are many headache sufferers who have never been to a chiropractor or have not even ever considered it as an option.

The good news is that there is more than enough support in the scientific community to satisfy anyone as to whether chiropractic treatment can help with headaches.

In a meta-analysis conducted in 2011, researchers reviewed journals published through 2009. They found 21 articles that met their inclusion criteria and used the results to develop treatment recommendations.

  • There is scientific literature that supports utilizing chiropractic care for the treatment of migraine headaches of either episodic or chronic migraine.
  • Similarly, they found articles supporting the chiropractic treatment of cervicogenic headaches, or headaches arising from the neck region.
  • In addition, joint mobilization (the “non-cracking” type of neck treatment such as figure 8 stretching and manual traction) or strengthening of the deep neck flexor muscles may improve symptoms in those suffering from cervicogenic headaches as well.
  • Finally, they found that low load craniocervical mobilization might be helpful for longer-term management of patients with episodic or chronic tension-type headaches where manipulation was found to be less effective.

Now, some of you are scratching your heads, wondering what all that means. It means that for some people, chiropractic care can help with headaches, and it can do it without serious drugs and their not-very-pleasant side effects.

The bottom line is that when people ask you why are going to a chiropractor for your headaches, you can say that not only do you know that it helps, but also that there are many scientific studies that say that, too.

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.

 

5 Important Tips To Remember When Shoveling Snow

5 Tips for Shoveling Snow from The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

When you're out there shoveling snow, remember these 5 Tips from The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

There is no denying it:  winter is here and the weather is rotten! The news stations keep telling us this storm will be the most recent “Worst Storm Ever” and to stay inside. I think they’d be thrilled if you didn’t even look outside your window and kept watching them report on the storm!

Eventually you are going to have to leave your home and go outside. It may not be today, but when you do there is a pretty good chance that there will be some snow waiting for you. Which means, soon it is going to be time to shovel some snow.

I want to remind you of a few tips to remember to avoid ending up in pain:

5 Tips for Shoveling Snow

  1. Have a good shovel that is long enough so you don’t have to bend too much.
  2. Push the snow and avoid lifting it.
  3. If you have to lift the snow, keep it close to your body and try not to go for the distance record when you throw it.
  4. If you feel dizzy, light-headed or out of breath, stop shoveling.
  5. If you do hurt your back or your neck, put an icepack on the area for 15 minutes/hour.

Enjoy the snow,

Dr. David Schwartz, D.C.

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