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 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.


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.

Do You Have Goals for Your Health?

couple on bicycles living healthy lifestyle

Last week I was doing a re-evaluation on a patient. She had been doing very well, her pain was gone and I was focused on moving her to the next stage of her care. We were sitting and speaking but after a very short time, it became apparent that she didn’t really have any health goals and just figured if “she wasn’t sick or in pain, that should be good enough.”

Her revelation was shocking to me. We all have health-related challenges. I just assumed that everyone sees the benefits of overcoming those issues and works towards that goal. When I suggested that she should take more control of her health and set some health related goals, she looked at me as if I was speaking another language. “Why would I need to have health goals?” she asked.

I had a personal realization after speaking with her. My attitude about health is so different than most because it comes from my perspective after 26 years taking care of people. I have seen the emotional, physical and financial costs of neglecting your health. There have been so many patients who have come to me over the years and lots of them ONLY came in when they were sick or in pain. Those same people almost always come back to me in the future with the same problems or something closely related.

Things like arthritis, back pain, neck pain, herniated or bulging discs all become much more severe if all you treat is the pain. Regular chiropractic care is critical to minimizing future damage. Also, taking long-term action on your own by eating right, exercising and sleeping enough makes huge a difference.

My suggestion for everyone is to have goals for your health. Plan what you are going to do every week and do your best to stick to the plan. Remember the benefits from this approach are less pain, fewer injuries and more time to live the life you want.

If you need help setting your own personal health goals, please give us a call.

Three Years of Pain Is a Long Time… Sports Injuries and Chiropractic Care

A patient recently referred his son to my office because of some neck and back pain. When I saw the young man, he told me that he also very frequently gets headaches.

It turns out that the whole issue began while he was still in high school and was related to some injuries he suffered while competing on his school wrestling team. Not an unusual thing considering how hard they push high school athletes these days. What shocked me was that the patient told me he had suffered 5-6 concussions during the season and his coach still allowed him to participate.

Ever since high school, he has been living with neck pain and moderate to severe headaches just about every other day. By the time he came to my office the problem had been going on for over three years! Nobody, not even his old coach or his primary doctor, ever suggested checking out the problem.

Thankfully, we found that some of the issues in his neck were related to the head pain and with a little bit of chiropractic care we have begun to see good results. His headaches are going away and his neck pain is stopping as well. There was no question that his pain is a result of the injuries he suffered while in high school. The things I wonder about are, why was nobody concerned enough to help this young man and how many other student athletes have had the same thing happen?

School sports are very competitive and even though coaches try to keep kids safe, injuries happen more and more often. These injuries can be serious and effect these kids for years to come.

If your children are participating in sports, getting their spine checked can be the difference between being pain-free or suffering from neck or back pain for the rest of their life. Don’t wait three years until you get help… call the Back Care Center of Dumont NJ to make an appointment today.



Do massage therapy and chiropractic care work well together?

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

People ask me my opinion on massage and chiropractic as a combined therapy. I have to say I think they work perfectly together.

After all, a chiropractor’s job is to keep the skeletal system aligned through chiropractic adjustments and exercise. And a key part of massage therapy is re-teaching muscles their proper placement throughout the skeletal system.

So combining massage therapy with chiropractic care allows the muscles to be trained to “hold” the body properly. When we walk around unaligned, the muscles learn to “make do” and compensate for these misalignments. Just as chiropractic adjustments re-teach the body the proper alignment, massage teaches the muscles how to keep it there.

If you’d like to see just how the combination of massage therapy and chiropractic care work together, why not give the office a call and make an appointment at from Back at Ease, our therapeutic massage center located in The Back Care Center? I believe that you will absolutely “feel” the difference in your health and well-being.

Alicia Brady, C.M.T.
Massage Therapist
Back at Ease
The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ
For massage therapy appointments, call 201-387-7463

Back at Ease at 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.