Dr. Joseph J. Young says his decision to pursue a career in healthcare can be traced in part to the long-term injury his father suffered in a head-on auto accident. “Dad went to a chiropractor, who helped him walk again, but the pain increased to the point where he needed surgery,” says Dr. Young, a chiropractic physician. “This had an effect on me, a desire to do some good, to help people who were in so much pain, as my father suffered after his accident.”
As an undergraduate at College Misericordia, where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry, Dr. Young’s interest in healthcare grew. This prompted him to seek out a local chiropractor as he was investigating this field for graduate studies. “I asked the doctor what drove him to become a chiropractor,” says Dr. Young. “He told me that chiropractic is a great way to use your hands to help people, to help relieve their pain without the use of medication. This doctor showed great energy and desire to help people, and that is when I knew I wanted to become a chiropractor.”
Dr. Young adds that his own experience as a chiropractor has “confirmed without question” what that doctor told him about the profession. “Being able to relieve a person’s pain and get people well is the major motivating factor in my professional life,” says Dr. Young, who now is in private practice at Cornerstone Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center in Riverdale, N.J. Before opening his own practice, Dr. Young, who is a member of the American Chiropractic Association and New Jersey PBA Physician Association, worked as an associate in a chiropractic office in Saddle Brook. He joined that practice after receiving his degree in chiropractics from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, N.Y., where he was on the dean’s list. It was at that practice, in Saddle Brook, that Dr. Young had first-hand experience with the value of non-invasive spinal decompression for the treatment of neck and back pain. The latest generation in that technology is represented in the Accu-SPINA system, which employs a treatment for disc problems called IDD Therapy, short for Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy. IDD Therapy, the protocols for which were developed by neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, and chiropractors, targets specific spinal segments to relieve pressure on damaged discs.