Deductible Doubts

insurance-deductible croppedWith the beginning of the year, most insurance companies make patients pay their deductible before they begin to cover any medical services. Every year this happens, and every year patients are confused about why their company is not paying any bills.

A deductible is a specified amount of money that a patient must pay before an insurance company pays a claim. The amount of the deductible is different for every policy. Years ago, they were commonly small.  Some were as low as $100.  However, things have changed and they now may be as high as $3000-$10,000.

Occasionally someone will say they don’t want chiropractic care until they meet their deductible. What they don’t understand is this deductible obligation is unavoidable. It applies to any type of medical expense. No matter what type of care, they will have to pay the same expense.

This means if you are going to get healthcare, then you can’t avoid paying your deductible somewhere.  Hospitals and large doctor offices often ask for payments in advance.  In our Dumont office, even with high deductible insurance we can still help.  By keeping our fees affordable and arranging payment plans, we can almost always work a manageable plan for you

If you are struggling with a health issue like back pain, neck pain or headaches, don’t let “deductible doubts” stop you from getting the care you need. Call us at 201-387-7463 so we can help.


Back Care Center is located at 24 Grant Avenue, 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.

Why Do I Do It?

I can be a bit introspective at times and occasionally have even wondered how I ended up in my profession.  Happily, I never had to question if becoming a chiropractor was good decision.

Contemplating my life, chiropractic and health

Contemplating my life, chiropractic and health

When I was young, I hurt my back and went to a chiropractor for help.  Later, I went to chiropractic college because I thought being a doctor would be a good career.  Also, I hoped to make a good living.  More than 30 years later, I have learned a few things.  First, this job is much harder than I expected.  Second, there are easier ways in the world to make a living.  Third and most importantly, I also learned the reasons chiropractic was the perfect choice for me.

When a patient came in with back pain and told me that she can no longer play with her kids, I truly sympathized.  I am a dad and know how precious time is with your child.   A month later, when I saw her running with her children at a local playground, I watched and felt part of the joy she was experiencing.  When someone who suffered 3 or 4 migraines a week happily told me that for the first time in several years they had been free of headaches for 2 weeks, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.

A few years ago, the husband of a patient stopped me while I was out at a local community fair.  Prior to coming to me, his wife had been in pain for a long time and it was affecting their relationship.  He said he wanted to thank me for giving his wife back to him and his daughter.  Knowing how I contributed to them almost brought me to tears.

Over my years in practice, there have been hundreds of patients who have had life changing experiences.  People who have come to me with conditions like sciatica, neck pain, back pain and other disabilities or illnesses, have all recovered.  Many have avoided taking harmful medications or having dangerous surgeries by instead choosing The Back Care Center for chiropractic care.

My reasons for being a chiropractor have changed since I first started school.  Now every life I have touched and changed is a reason for me to be happy.  My life changes with my patients’ successes.

If you or someone you know and love is suffering and looking for a solution to their pains, give us a call at 201-387-7463.  Let’s find out if we can help.


Why Did Your Chiropractor Take X-rays?

Chiropractic and X-rays

I have been a chiropractor for over 30 years and have been at The “Back Care Center” in Dumont since 1990.  In all those years I have seen thousands of patients from areas like Bergenfield, New Milford, Cresskill and Tenafly.  With almost all of them, I either took spinal x-rays myself or saw x-rays taken by another doctor.

Being honest, some of my patients don’t want x-rays. While I understand their concerns, I usually insist they are done, because it is in the best interest of the patient.  X-rays are an important diagnostic tool and there have been so many patients whose findings significantly alter their treatment path.

In most people we find some bio-mechanical issues.  These usually confirm what we suspected from the initial examination.  However, in some there are things like infections, severe degenerative arthritis, fractures and even cancers.  Without taking this extra step of x-rays, we would never have known of other underlying health issues and it would have delayed them receiving appropriate treatment.

Even in patients without severe findings, their x-rays help to determine our plan and the length of their treatment.

Some offices don’t take x-rays.  They say the insurance companies don’t want you to x-ray the patient right away.  Others think, I can always x-ray the patient later.  My answer is, I don’t treat insurance companies, I treat patients.  To provide safe and effective care, I want all the information before I put my hands on someone’s spine.

My suggestion to anyone who has things like back pain, sciatica, neck pain or headaches is to find a chiropractor.  We are very effective at helping these types of issues.  My other suggestion is never let a chiropractor who doesn’t do a full evaluation, including x-rays, touch your spine.  If you would like more information about chiropractic care, call us at The Back Care Center at 201-387-7463.


😊 A New Year, Means A New Start!

No matter how good my intentions, at the end of the year, the wheels seem to fall off my dietary routines and my normal eating habits suffer a little bit.  I am not certain if it is all the parties, the freshly baked cookies, or the holiday dinners are the cause.  All I know is by the time the new year has come, some extra pounds seem to have crept on, I don’t feel good, and need to do something to change my diet and get my health back under control.

For me, the first thing on my “To Do” list is a Metabolic Detox Program.  This is my 3rd year in a row on the program and is an excellent way to address nutritional issues.  I am always anxious before I get started.  I hate giving up my decaf coffee and really miss those holiday snacks I have become accustomed to eating.  But by the time it is done, I feel so much better, usually have lost that extra weight and am happy that I pushed myself to go through the process.

In my office I recommend the “Metagenics” detox.  It is an excellent program which uses a combination of short-term food elimination and strong vitamin supplementation.  This helps with liver function, digestive issues and over all levels of inflammation (a major cause of chronic health issues).

There are different dietary programs for different needs.  Not everyone can use the same program.  We evaluate everyone before recommending a “Detox” program. Often, we send for blood tests before we start.

To find out if starting the new year with a detox would be right for you, call us at 201-387-7463 to learn more.



The Back Care Center
24 Grant Avenue, Dumont NJ

The Magic Pill

81MdT65IfFL._RI_SX200_A patient suggested I was a movie on Netflix called, “The Magic Pill”. Both He and I were struck by a line in the beginning of the film.

The narrator stated “When you look at every other species on our planet, they all control their weight automatically. The only exception was us (humans) and any animal unfortunate enough to be fed by us.”

The statement is painful to contemplate. Obesity is related to so many chronic health issues. To not actively address these health concerns, is almost like planning to become sick. While the movie spoke about the health benefits of a Ketogenic diet, I am not advocating that approach for all my patients. Instead, I recognize that there are multiple ways to modify diet, exercise and lifestyle.

We utilize a variety of tools to help our patients deal with this problem and assist with chronic disease like arthritis, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune conditions. Our plans are customized for our individual patients but include nutritional advice, chiropractic, exercise and stress management.

If you or someone you know in the Dumont, Cresskill, Tenafly or Englewood areas is suffering with obesity and chronic illness, we may be able to help. Gives us a call at 201-387-7463

The Easy Path

Path towards Health

Sometimes, I want to take the easier path in the office and let my patients decide for themselves what type of care they should get. I don’t want to explain that, just because their pain is better, their problem may not be gone. Very often this approach backfires on me but more importantly, it hurts my patients.

This happened again just recently. A gentleman from Dumont has been coming to me for years to take care of his back. Because of his work schedule, he has been very irregular with his care. Even though he has bad spinal problems, he sometimes would go months without getting adjusted.

A couple of months ago he hurt his lower back again. This was the worst I had ever seen him. The pain was so severe that I had to see him twice a day for a week. Every time he moved, his entire back would spasm and at times I had to hold him up, so he didn’t fall down from the pain. After a couple of weeks, he finally was better enough to return to work and within three weeks, he was almost completely pain free.

This time I didn’t want to make the same mistake I had in the past. I told him, “you need to be here for your adjustments, regardless of your work schedule.” He agreed and the change that regular care has made in his spine is remarkable. He even told me that “this is the best my back has felt in years.”

After over 30 years of practice, I think I have learned to stop making this mistake. Taking the easier path just isn’t always the best one.

If you or someone you know is suffering with back or neck pain, the first call you should make should be to a chiropractor. Feel free to reach out to us at The Back Care Center at 201-387-7463. We have been taking care of people from Dumont and the surrounding towns in Bergen for over 30 years, and we would be happy to help you too.

An Alternative To Opioid Addiction for Back Pain

Chiropractic is the largest and safest drug free health care profession in the world. While medicine works to deal with the mistakes they have made of over utiizing opioid medications, chiropractors continue to provide effective relief from pain without running the risk of destroying lives due to permanent drug addiction.

As the addiction crisis continues to grow, many state and national organizations are calling upon chiropractors to help patients deal with pain, before they take the risk of using a potentially addictive medication.

The Back Care Center in Dumont has been safely taking care of back pain patients without resorting to medications.

Our goals are:

  • Find the source of the pain
  • Correct the problem
  • Give our patients tools to assist in their recovery
  • Get patients back to their lives without limitations

Our results over the past almost 30 years have been fabulous.

If you or someone you know is suffering from lower back pain, don’t let them become another victim of medical pain relief. Let them know the facts and that there is safe alternative available to them today.  Reach out to our office by calling 201-387-7463 or emailing us at

Opioid medications for back pain

Opioid medications for back pain

What Are You Made Of?

I am happy to announce that The Back Care Center has recently added a valuable new tool to help you achieve a healthier and pain-free life style.  We have just acquired a “Rice-Lake,” D-1000 Bio-Impedance Analyzer.  This is a medical-grade device which gives an accurate assessment of exactly what is going on inside of you.

Photo of Rice Lake D1000-3

Your body is made up of bones, organs, muscles and fat.  However, the percentage of fat versus the percentage of lean mass (the rest of your body) is critically important to your health.  Typically, your doctor only estimates these percentages.  They use only three factors, your sex, height and weight.  Looking at these, they can establish your Body Mass Index (BMI).

The real value of BMI is to life insurance companies, which use it to determine if you are at risk of an early death, due to a heart attack or a stroke.  The problem with relying upon BMI is that some people have greater amounts of muscle and others have greater amounts of fat.  In other words, relying upon BMI alone does not give an accurate assessment of your health.

With our medical grade Bio-Electrical Impedance device, we can accurately help you determine your percentage of lean body mass.  This gives you information you need to create a program customized towards improving your body composition, preventing cardiovascular conditions and relieving pain associated with chronic inflammation.

Call our Dumont office at 201-387-7463 today to set up your appointment to find out what you are made of!

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.




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.

We’re Taking On Domestic Violence

As Mother’s Day is approaching, The Back Care Center in Dumont is again working to help troubled families in the Bergen County area with their annual fund raising drive benefiting “Center for Hope and Safety”.


Since 1976, Center For Hope And Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) has offered refuge to Bergen County’s women and children who are affected by domestic violence by providing a diversified continuum of services that focus on attaining safety, empowerment and self-sufficiency. The agency’s life-saving programs include: a 24-hour hotline; a confidential emergency shelter; transitional housing, crisis counseling; case management; children’s programming; legal assistance; Hispanic outreach; financial literacy and work-readiness training; follow-up services; and community education. Visit for further information.

The Back Care Center Donating Chiropractic care

Center For Hope and Safety Charity fund raiser


This Year, May 8th-13th, Dr. David Schwartz, of The Back Care Center in Dumont NJ will again be donating his time to help raise awareness and much needed funds for CHS. However, for the first time, Chiropractic offices around the country will also do the same for shelters in their local region.


All new patients in exchange for a $50 donation to the center will receive a full chiropractic examination, any needed digital x-rays, a report of examination findings and a gift certificate for a ½ hour massage (normally valued at $305). Existing patients will be able to make a $20 donation in exchange for an adjustment (normally $60). All donations will go to CHS.


“Right after my daughter was born I started donating my time to this cause” said Dr. Schwartz. “The idea of a woman or a child being hurt and having no option and no safe haven is simply unacceptable.”


If you would like to contribute or make an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, call his office at 201-387-7463.



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.

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