Fund Raising At The Back Care Center is Going Great

This year our results from our fund raiser for Center For Hope and Safety has been outstanding.  We have raised well over $1000 in one week and still have many people making contributions.   Because of the positive response, we have decided to extend our event for one more week.

For the remainder of this week, we are continCenter for HAS Logo Coloruing to donate our services to new members of our practice. New patients may come in for a consultation, full chiropractic examination, digital x-rays, report of findings and then receive a certificate for a ½ hour massage all in exchange for a $50 donation

Domestic Violence happens in every community all around us.  In all likelihood, some people that you know have been victims.  Without organizations like Center For Hope and Safety, they will have nowhere to turn for help.

If you, a friend, family member or co-worker would like to help us to support this important organization, and at the same time address a new or lingering back pain, neck pain or other health concern, please give us a call right away at 201-387-7463.

 

 

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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.

A Sad Story about Back Surgery

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.

Photo of a back surgery operation. Credit: Platinus/iStock.

Back surgery – the last place you want to end up. Credit_Platinus_iStock.jpg

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, 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.

One Answer to the Growing Opioid Epidemic: Chiropractic Care

I am a fan of John Oliver’s HBO show “Last Week Tonight”. His way of adding humor to current news and issues is very entertaining. Recently he did a piece about increased levels of addiction to prescription pain medications and the related increase in the numbers of people turning to heroin as an alternative when they can no longer get their medication legally.

John Oliver takes on the opioid epidemic on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO.

Image Credit: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).

The issue is not new. President Obama has been criticized for not being more aggressive in fighting this growing problem during his time in office. Additionally, our current presidential hopefuls have both commented on the problem in their bid for the White House.

The problem is already huge and growing fast. As stated on Oliver’s show, as of 2015 it’s estimated that 2.6 million people in the US are addicted to these types of drugs and nationwide over 30,000 deaths a year involve prescription opioids or heroin. They also brought up that an estimated 75% of current heroin users started with prescription opioid pain killers (like Oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet). Because the pharmaceutical companies have been making so much money from the problem, it doesn’t look like it is going to end any time soon.

About a year ago, the CDC recommended that doctors utilize non-opioid medication for chronic pain. Many doctors voiced concern over the recommendation and on Oliver’s show, a pain management specialist was complaining that alternatives to these types of drugs are often not available.

It was at that point that the show became less entertaining than normally. As a practicing chiropractor, I know that chiropractic adjustments are about 80-85% effective for back and neck pain. There are no side effects from adjustments and you can’t become addicted to chiropractic care. Additionally, chiropractic services are available in every area of our country. So, I can’t understand why the medical community is so focused upon pushing these addictive drugs and why they believe that there are no available alternatives.

Chiropractic care is by far the best, most affordable and safest answer to chronic back and neck pain. Maybe it is time for the medical community, the drug companies, the media and even our politicians to pay better attention.


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.

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.

Looking for a Holiday Gift? Try our December Massage Special

Image showing Back at Ease massage therapy located in The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ

Give the gift of massage this holiday season!

The holiday season may be filled with joy, but travel, crowds, storms, and even family can contribute to stress, tension, back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Why not give the gift of relaxation this year with a discounted pack of massages from Back at Ease, our therapeutic massage center located in The Back Care Center? Even better, this year, when you give a gift of massage to someone you care about, we’ll give you a little something for you, too.

Through December 30th, whenever you purchase one of our discounted massage therapy packs, you will also receive an additional massage gift card you can keep for yourself or give as a gift.

Buy a 5-pack of 1-hour massages for $300 and receive a massage gift card loaded with 30 minutes of free bonus massage. (Normally a $365 value.)

Buy a 10-pack of 1-hour massages for $600 and receive a massage gift card loaded with 60 minutes of free bonus massage. (Normally a $715 value.)

It’s the ultimate holiday present for the one you love! Your massage packs do not expire and can be used every day that we are open.

Don’t wait! Buy your massage pack at the front desk the next time you’re at The Back Care Center for a chiropractic adjustment, or call us at 201-387-7463 today.

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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.

 

Irony!

Image of a skull and crossbones made from pills

Covering symptoms with drugs won't fix the problem!

I have a patient from Cresskill who recently started seeing me for lower back pain, the result of a couple of very badly degenerated and bulging discs. He has tried many different things to deal with the pain. His doctor had prescribed some very strong medications but the patient told me that he “doesn’t want to use drugs to mask the problem” and was concerned how the drugs might affect his ability to focus at work. He also didn’t like the way his doctors were pushing him towards future back surgery.

It is early in his care but by using chiropractic, cold laser and spinal decompression and we have begun to see positive results. He has less pain and I am very certain that he will continue to get great results

The irony is that this patient is a pharmacist. He knows more about medication than most doctors and he didn’t want to take any pills.

It is refreshing to meet someone who is involved in health care and knows that covering symptoms with drugs won’t fix a problem.

There is a time and place for medication, but the most important thing you can do to regain your health is find out what is wrong and then fix it. At The Back Care Center, that is what we do for you.

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.

Stay in the Race – How Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help

Stay in the race with Chiropractic adjustments like my patients did at the Spartan Race shown here

Last weekend there was a “Spartan Race” in Killington, Vermont. For those who are not familiar with this type of race, there are obstacles along the way like walls to get over, fire to jump, water to cross, hills to climb and things to carry. This particular race is hardest of all the Spartan events, was about 15 miles long and is called “The Beast”.

These races have become very popular and I know lots of people who are doing them, including many of my patients. Two of them came to me last week. Less than a week before the race something happened to them. One had severe lower back pain and the other had middle back and shoulder pain. Both of them were very concerned because they felt the pain was so bad that they might not be able to do the race.

Luckily, I was able to get them moving and out of pain with a couple of chiropractic adjustments and they both finished in good form. I was so excited when I learned of their results. They had trained very hard for the race and being able to help them get out there and reach their goal is one reason I love being a chiropractor.

Helping athletes is fun, and over the years I have helped people with injuries from activities like bike riding to golfing to football. But for me, helping ANYONE get back to doing something they love and want to do is thrilling. Things like, gardening, taking care of a family, cooking and working are just as important as finishing a race or winning the next football game.

Chiropractic care really is for everyone and is frequently exactly what is needed to help people get over the hills and hurdles that life can throw at us. If you or someone you know needs some help getting back to something they love, give us a call at 201-387-7463 at the Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ so we can help them too.

 

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.

 

 

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.

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