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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Frequent Headaches Are Not Normal – Chiropractic Can Help!

Image of woman with frequent headache that could be treated with chiropractic adjustments

I have written about this before but as a result of some recent experiences, I thought it would be worth revisiting the topic. Headaches are one of the most common reasons for visits to the medical doctor. Millions of dollars are spent on medication for them every year. They are also one of the reasons that many people seek help in a chiropractic office.

The pain from headaches can be severe, but most are not due to a disease like a tumor or high blood pressure. Instead they are typically from physical, chemical or emotional stresses. The medical approach is usually some type of drug to mask the symptoms without ever considering why the problem is occurring.

Recently I had two new patients come in seeking help with headaches. One of them started care, was seeing improvement but also saw a neurologist who told them they should discontinue chiropractic care, take more medication and try exercising. (The patient also had a lower back problem that we were working on which made exercise very difficult.) He didn’t care that the patient was seeing improvement and sadly convinced them not to continue doing what was already helping.

Another patient, also with chronic headaches, had a similar experience. Her pain was so bad that it affected her home life and work. After two adjustments her headaches were almost totally gone. Her primary physician also saw her. He told her that there was nothing wrong. Fortunately, she realized that having almost daily headaches was not normal. She continued with care and is working to correct the cause of her headaches.

I have had hundreds of patients come to the office for relief of their headache pain. Our approach is to examine them, determine the cause and see if it can be helped with a combination of life style changes, nutritional support and chiropractic adjustments. Based upon the relief our patients report, I can tell you, we are very successful with our tactic.

Frequent headaches are not normal. Controlling them with medication doesn’t help you to fix the problem and the side effects can be horrible. Instead of covering up the symptoms with medication every day, find out what is causing the problem. Give us a call so we can help.

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, 10-04-13 to 10-05-13

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, 10/04/13 and Saturday, 10/05/13.

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

 

Get a Free Adjustment during Operation School Supplies!

Backpack full of school supplies for Operation School Supplies at The Back Care Center

The Back Care Center is proud to help Grant Elementary School in the “Operation School Supplies” supply drive from September 15th through October 15th.

Come in and get a complimentary check-up and free adjustment (normally $60-$80) in exchange for donating some much-needed school supplies, or a backpack, to “Operation School Supplies.”

Helping Is Easy:

  1. Call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule your check-up and adjustment.
  2. Shop for some school supplies (ones that are needed: yellow highlighters, Washable Crayola® markers & crayons, Expo® markers, glue sticks, red ball point pens, 1″ (one-inch) binders, sheet protectors, 1-subject notebooks, plastic expandable compartmentalized folders).
  3. Bring in your school supplies to The Back Care Center and get your free check-up and adjustment.

Another Way You Can Help

You can help us collect over 100 items this year by telling just one of your friends or co-workers. If they donate some school supplies, they’ll get a consultation and evaluation, followed by a report AND an adjustment (normally $335) …all complimentary. Just tell them to call the office at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for helping us help Grant Elementary School and our school kids.

Yours in Health,

Dr. David Schwartz, D.C.

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.

 

 

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