Power Is Back On and Free Treatment for First Responders, PSEG, Emergency Workers

The power is finally back on at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ. And while we’ve been seeing and adjusting patients without the aid of lights, or heating pads, or KST, it will be nice to get back to normal.

That also means the spinal decompression table is running again, too, so I expect to see you all back here for your ongoing therapy.

One more thing: we want to say thank you to all of the people who’ve gotten us back on our feet. For the next two weeks  we will be treating for free any first responders, PSE&G employees, and out-of-town emergency repair workers who flew in or drove in to help us out.

You came through for us, and this is the least we can do to say thanks. We know your time is valuable, so call the office for an appointment so we can schedule your visit and get you in and out as fast as possible.

Have a great and healthy day!
Dr. David Schwartz

Sandy Knocked Us Down, But We’re Back Open, But No Power!

Hurt your back clearing damage from Superstorm Sandy? Or maybe sleeping in your basement or on the floor of a shelter has given you a stiff neck or sciatica?

Well, we’ve got a tiny bit of good news for you: The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ is back open and operating. We have no power, but Dr. David Schwartz is in the office and treating patients from Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Dumont, Englewood, Harrington Park, Haworth, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly.

Please call the office before coming down.

Surviving Sandy… but the office is closed until power is back in Dumont, NJ!

We never seem to be prepared for storms like the one we just experienced. In the past 2 years, power outages, downed trees and damaged homes are all things to which we have become accustomed. Yet somehow, it is always shocking to us to see the effects of Mother Nature’s violence.

This time I have again lost power in both my home and my office. Unlike last year, the trees that fell missed my home, office and car. Aside from cleaning up some fallen branches, once the power is returned we will be able to get back to our work and our lives.

During the aftermath of Sandy, my thoughts and prayers are saved for those who have been less fortunate. So many people have suffered terrible losses to their homes, or even worse, their health. To all my friends, family and practice members, I only hope that you get through this challenging time with as few difficulties as possible and with your and your family’s health intact.

All the best,
Dr. David Schwartz

Because the office is without power, The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ will be closed until power is restored, hopefully by Friday. Please call the office before coming down.

Life goes on after the pain is gone!

couple on bicycles living healthy lifestyle

People never stop surprising me. Some patients wait in pain for days, weeks or even months before they come to me for help. When they finally make an appointment, the reason for their delay was that someone had told them, “Once you start seeing a chiropractor, you have to go forever!”

I can tell you that no two patients are really alike, but we can group them into three general categories. The first group wants nothing more than to get out of pain fast. The second group is looking for an overall improvement in their vitality. They not only get adjusted but also work on all other aspects of their health. The third group is a combination of the first two. They want to get out of pain but also want to enjoy the benefits longer-term chiropractic care can provide. They come in periodically to check and maintain their spine.

I take care of all three types of patients. While certain issues like a herniated disc may require longer term care, typically patients get out of pain relatively fast. If they are in the first group I described and want to stop after their pain is relieved, there is no “penalty.” They go back to their life and hopefully back to doing the things they love. I am thrilled to have helped them get what they wanted, and if they ever need me again, they are always welcome to come into the office.

If you are suffering with neck pain, back pain or sciatica, or know someone else who is, please let us help. Give us a call today. The sooner we get started, the sooner the pain will be gone.

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.

Imagine Being Pain Free for the Holidays!

It is amazing how fast the year is passing. Autumn is here and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The worst way to spend the holidays is in pain. I get so many last-minute calls asking me to help with severe back pain or neck pain during this time of year. People tell me it has been bothering them for a while but now they just want to feel good enough to enjoy their time with friends and family. The shame is they have waited too long and their holidays are often spent in pain.

Getting better usually takes some time. While every condition is not the same, generally even our most difficult back and neck pain patients get great results within about 6 weeks. Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not saying that they are “cured” or that their conditions have miraculously disappeared. But we are different from many offices because we use a combination of chiropractic methods, spinal decompression, cold laser, massage therapy and exercises to fix the problem at the source.

Imagine, just 6 weeks to have less pain, more mobility and feel good enough to enjoy the holidays. If you or anyone you know is putting off taking care of your back or neck, remember time is running out! Give us a call today to start your journey back to health.

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.

What patients get wrong about their pain

After over 25 years of practice I am still amazed at the way some people think about their pain and where it comes from.

A patient came to my office and told me that she had lower back pain that started recently. She insisted that the only thing it might be from was lifting a heavy bag a few months ago. I examined and x-rayed her spine. We found that she had a huge amount of damage to the bones and discs in her lower back. It was obvious that picking up a single bag didn’t cause all of the damage. I explained my findings and showed her the films but she insisted that the x-rays couldn’t be right because she “never had any problems before this pain.”

Another patient came to me complaining of numbness in her leg. The examination indicated many signs of severe spinal problems that were probably affecting the nerves going into her leg. I sent her for an MRI of her lower back and it confirmed my suspicions. She had two very badly damaged discs that were compressing the nerves going into her leg and causing the numbness. When we spoke about the findings she maintained that her numbness was not due to the discs but was only because she had been standing in front of her sink and doing the dishes.

It is hard for people to understand that most spinal problems are not because of a single event – they develop over a period of years. Pain is from a lifetime of small injuries and changes that add up and finally get to the point where your body is screaming for help.

Taking care of your injury isn’t as simple as not doing the thing that hurts. It takes time and work on both the part of the doctor and the patient. In our office we use a combination of chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, laser, massage and exercise to get you back to where you want to be. Instead of focusing on limiting what you can do, we work with you to give you your life back.

If you are having back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches or some other type of injury, this is the office for you. Give us a call at 201-387-7463 and let’s start working on it together.

The Chiropractic Approach to Shoulder Injury Rehab

Going back to school to stay current with the latest medical developments or expand the treatment options we can provide our patients is important for any doctor.

Last week I attended a seminar covering rehabilitation for the shoulder and arm. The topic wasn’t new but I enjoyed reviewing the information and got to touch base with some doctors I have not seen in several years. While the material was familiar, I was struck by how different a chiropractic rehabilitative approach is compared to the typical medical model.

The shoulder can be a difficult area to rehab and long-term injuries are common. Anyone who has suffered with rotator cuff tears or bursitis already knows the standard treatment: medications for the pain, simple exercises and ultrasound. Some patients may get results this way, but I find that more often the “standard” approach doesn’t address the whole problem and often the patient will soon experience another injury to the region.

The shoulder joint is not like the other weight-bearing joints in the body. Gravity doesn’t stabilize the shoulder. Instead, the shoulder hangs from your skeleton, attached by muscles and ligaments. Power is generated in the shoulder by good stabilizing muscles and a full range of motion in all the related areas. When we treat our shoulder patients, we usually look at the entire shoulder but then also evaluate the neck, middle back and even the lower back as well. Good function of the muscles and joints in all of these regions is needed to really fix shoulder injuries.

Those of you who have shoulder problems know how painful they can be. It isn’t uncommon for people to develop drug dependencies because of the unrelenting agony.

If you or anyone you know is suffering with a shoulder injury please give us a call here at the Back Care Center. We would love to help.

You’re never too young to train like a pro – or get injured like a pro

Recently I read an article in the NY Times about injuries among professional football players. Because of the fiercely competitive nature of the game, long-lasting injuries affecting the brain, spine and peripheral joints are common. Not only is arthritis a common occurrence, but also conditions like Parkinson’s disease, dementia and multiple sclerosis occur at higher rates.

A game with such serious consequences might be considered unacceptable to most of us, but professional athletes know that there is a price to be paid for the extreme levels of success they achieve – it is often paid with their health.

As a father, I know that the example the pros set serves to inspire young children to reach for their own dreams of fame and success. Parents, of course, just want to help their children work towards reaching their goals. They sign them up for organized sports at very early ages. These days it’s common to see young children out on a field practicing not only football but also baseball, soccer, basketball or even lacrosse as often as 5 times a week.

We are training our children harder than ever. And like the pros, they are getting hurt more severely and frequently than in the past. It is not uncommon for young athletes in high school to have undergone multiple surgeries or be suffering with severe arthritis.

As a chiropractor I want to encourage parents to pay very close attention to the health of their young, future stars. The bangs and bruises that they “walk off” may be just the thing that starts them towards a more permanent and potentially career ending injury.

One way to prevent subtle, less obvious problems from turning into chronic, irreparable injuries is through regular chiropractic check-ups and adjustments.

If you would like any more information about protecting your children from getting hurt or having them evaluated, please contact the office.

 

Don’t ignore family health problems – even if they’re difficult to talk about

Every doctor knows that the worst type of patient to treat is a family member. I tend to ignore their problems, rather than giving advice that would almost certainly be disregarded. Even when one of them suffers a herniated disc injury, one of the things I treat in my office, I still may not become involved since many of my family are some type of health care providers themselves and we tend to have differing opinions.

This past holiday weekend, I got to see some of my extended family and began noticing how badly they were being affected by untreated back and disc injuries. I saw significant changes in their posture, loss of mobility and even atrophy (wasting away) of their muscles.

Honestly, I shouldn’t have been surprised. Untreated disc injuries may not cause constant pain but frequently will affect health in other ways. Many people have come to my office looking for help with the same types of things I saw in my family members. It was just shocking to see it in the people I have known my whole life.

After seeing the results of my silence, I have committed myself to making certain my patients know how dangerous it is to leave these types of injuries untreated. If you, a friend or family member are suffering with a herniated disc, please make sure to get the necessary care.

My office uses a unique combination of mechanical spinal decompression therapy, soft chiropractic instrument adjustments, cold laser and rehabilitative exercises to get the best possible results without surgery or medications. Call us today at 201-387-7463 for help.

And as always, have a great and healthy day.

Dr. David Schwartz, DC
The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

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