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.

 

Understanding Sciatica

Sciatica at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJEvery couple of weeks we make it a point to educate our practice members about a particular symptom. This week we focused on a very painful symptom called “Sciatica”.

The sciatic nerve is formed from the combining of several different lower back nerve roots. It is the largest nerve in the body. When something happens to irritate or pinch that nerve people will experience pain, tingling or even a burning sensation, traveling from the lower back or buttock down to the back of the thigh and sometimes all the way to the foot (Sciatica).

People with sciatica often find sitting or standing extremely painful. Working can become impossible and as the pain becomes worse over time, any movement results in new spasms of pain shooting from the back down the leg.

There are many reasons for sciatica. Two of the most common causes are spinal subluxation (misaligned spinal bones) and nerve pressure from a herniated or bulging disc (the spongy shock-absorber between spinal bones).

As a chiropractor, I have over 25 years of experience taking care of subluxations. Using a variety of different methods, I can gently and safely move spinal bones back into their normal position, un-pinching nerves and relieving pain. Additionally, in our office we do mechanical spinal decompression to fix disc problems without using drugs to cover the pain or dangerous surgeries.

Personally, I have had the problem and know how painful sciatica can be. When I was 16 years old, I was told by an orthopedist that surgery was the only way for me to be rid of my leg and back pain. Eventually, though, it was a chiropractor who helped me, which eventually led to my choice of career. If you know of someone suffering with sciatic pain don’t wait, call them today and send them to our office for help.

 

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.

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.

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.

How Come I Am in Pain?

Whether it’s back pain, or neck pain, or sciatica, or any other kind of pain, the one question that almost all of my patients ask is, “How did this pain happen?” Since I was usually not there when it occurred it is hard to give an exact answer. However, there are some things that might help explain how people can develop back conditions.

Without even being aware of it, people compensate for life’s stresses. They move, lift, sit, stand or even walk in ways to avoid more pain. When those stresses build up to the point beyond your ability to cope, then injuries seem to come out of nowhere.

The thing about stress is it can be sudden or cumulative and can be physical, emotional, mental or even chemical. But no matter the cause, your body reacts the same way to all of them.

This is why some people can be emotionally on edge for a long time and then when you ask them to pick up or carry something very light, their back can mysteriously “goes out.”

Chiropractors are very effective at helping you recover from the effects of all types of stress and making your body strong enough to deal with future issues. Here at The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ, we offer a wide range of treatments, from chiropractic adjustments to massage therapy.

If you would like to find out how chiropractic care can help you to deal with your stress, check us out at www.TheBackCareCenter.com or call us to make an appointment at 201-387-7463.

Have a great and healthy day!
Dr. David Schwartz,
The Back Care Center of Dumont, NJ
For appointments, call 201-387-7463