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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
August 28, 2019
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

Your neck continues to hurt after your recent auto accident. Your head snapped back and then suddenly forward as you struck the car in your path. You have a stubborn whiplash injury. At Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, Dr. Steven Wachs treats many victims of auto accidents. He can help you regain normal, pain-free function, too.

The details on whiplash

Clinically, it's a hyperextension, hyperflexion sprain injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and vertebrae of the neck. Affecting millions of American motorists annually, whiplash even occurs with low-speed, low-impact car accidents in Chula Vista and across the country. Many times, sufferers don't notice symptoms until a few days after the incident.

Unfortunately, when symptoms do express themselves, they can be quite severe, causing:

  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain (this gets worse when you move)
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Problems with concentration, cognitive ability, and depression
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Tingling or numbness in the neck, shoulders, and arms

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says that most people with whiplash recover well within a few months. However, other people suffer from long-lasting symptoms and need medical and chiropractic intervention.

As such, Dr. Wachs recommends a chiropractic examination and treatment plan to counter those symptoms. He also interfaces with personal injury attorneys to document the extent of injury to victims of auto accidents to ensure their insurance claims or litigation proceed properly.

Treating whiplash

In the office, Dr. Wachs will perform a complete chiropractic examination and take X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed. Your treatment plan will be individualized to optimize your healing, reduce painful symptoms, and increase your overall function.

Treatments for whiplash may include:

  • Wearing a cervical collar
  • Hands-on chiropractic adjustment of vertebral misalignments
  • Physical therapy
  • Range of motion exercises
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Hands-on massage therapy

Get a good result

If you've suffered a whiplash injury during an auto accident, please don't wait. Restore your neck function, reduce pain and feel like yourself again. Chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs and his team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, can help. Call the office for an appointment: (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
June 18, 2019
Category: Chiropractor

An auto accident is one of the most frightening events that you can possibly experience. On top of the initial physical and mental trauma of auto accidentthe collision, accidents also often come with hidden injuries that can impact your health and function for years. Fortunately, here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Steven Wachs can perform a complete evaluation of your auto accident injuries, guide you in treatment, and make sure that you rehabilitate in as healthy a fashion as possible! Read on to learn the answers to some of the most common questions and concerns regarding this topic.

 

What is the most common auto accident injury?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, it's whiplash, a hyperextension/hyperflexion injury regarding the neck and all of its related components (i.e. the cervical spine, discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc.). Whiplash symptoms represent what many people experience in a motor vehicle mishap. While you may not initially notice anything wrong, as time goes by, many troublesome symptoms begin to surface.

 

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

They can include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears)
  • Jaw pain
  • Low back pain
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Tingling in the shoulders, arms, and legs
  • Depression and anxiety

 

Should I get a chiropractic evaluation whether I suspect whiplash or not?

Yes, Dr. Wachs urges that patients who have been involved in car accidents see him as soon as possible for a complete chiropractic evaluation.

 

How can chiropractic care help me after an MVA?

A complete chiropractic evaluation at our Chula Vista office (which includes an X-ray screening, MRI, and CT Scan as needed) gives both doctor and patient a clear idea of how that car crash impacted the body. An evaluation can answer a number of questions, including:

  • Are there injuries to muscles?
  • Is the spine now misaligned and impinging on nerve function?
  • Which treatments would best relieve pain and accelerate the healing process?

 

Do you have more questions?

If you do, Dr. Steven Wachs is the chiropractor to ask for the most truthful and knowledgeable answers. If you've been hurt in a car accident, or are not sure what injuries you might have, please contact our Chula Vista office for an individualized consultation: (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
April 11, 2019
Category: Injuries
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Are you a regular athlete or "a weekend warrior?" Either way, the constant motion, pressure, and tension of athletic pursuits strain joints, sports injuryligaments, muscles, and bones. At Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, sports injuries are a particular interest of Dr. Steven Wachs. Specially trained in chronic and acute sports injuries, he uses chiropractic techniques to increase both performance and wellness.

Chiropractic care gives you an advantage

The American Chiropractic Association says that 90 percent of professional and other world-renowned athletes use chiropractic care to increase their levels of performance and to avoid both acute and long term sports injuries in Chula Vista, CA. Whatever the sport, participation almost guarantees some sort of injury to joints, connective tissue, and more. The back--the cervical, thoracic and lower spine--is particularly prone.

However, a complete chiropractic evaluation at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, can diagnose current problems and identify areas of weakness. A hands on examination of the spine, along with X-rays and MRIs as needed, help your chiropractor craft a care and training plan to heal, protect and strengthen your spine and other areas of the body, too.

Chiropractic manipulations, often part of a care plan, increase mobility, reduce inflammation, help circulation and loosen areas of muscular tightness. This hands-on therapy, sometimes preceded by massage, puts the spine back into proper alignment, keeping your vertebrae and associated nerves in proper balance.

Examples of sports injuries

Dr. Wachs sees a variety of sports injuries at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center. They include:

  • Sprains
  • Sore muscles
  • Stress fractures
  • Herniated discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Whiplash

Other chiropractic techniques

Here are some treatments your chiropractor may recommend when you present with an acute sports injury or repetitive injury:

  • Rest
  • Ice or heat depending on the specific problem
  • Compression (with an elastic bandage)
  • Elevation above heart level
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Spinal adjustments
  • Nutritional planning and supplementation
  • Adequate hydration

How can we help you?

If you suffer an acute sports injury, or if you anticipate beginning a sport or a vigorous program of exercise, come to Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. Walk-ins are definitely welcome as Dr. Wachs and his team want to put you on the path to optimal spinal wellness and function--no matter what level of athlete you are. Call us at (619) 427-4747!

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
February 04, 2019
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

Have you suffered injuries from an auto accident? What you do with those injuries early on changes your recovery and long-term function. At Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Stephen Wachs and his team treat auto accident victims compassionately and accurately. Here's how we can help.

 

How whiplash happens

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke blame auto accidents for most of the 300,000 cases of whiplash that happen in the United States every year. What is whiplash? This injury to the soft tissue surrounding the cervical (neck) spine occurs when a car and its occupants suddenly decelerate as they collide with another object.

Even a low-speed impact (around 15 miles per hour) can cause the head and neck to immediately snap backward, injuring the bones (vertebrae), nerves, muscles, and ligaments of the neck. Often, the results of whiplash are not immediately apparent, but over time, patients typically develop a number of symptoms which affect their mobility, comfort, and range of motion.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Pain
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Dizziness
  • Vision changes
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and lower back pain

 

What you should do
Chiropractic evaluation is recommended followany auto accident in Chula Vista, for quick examination, X-rays (and other imaging), and treatment lessens the effects of auto injuries. Additionally, accurate documentation of chiropractic examination, diagnosis, and treatment are all important in any personal injury actions taken in a court of law.
So, if you are involved in an auto accident, call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center right away for an appointment. Dr. Wachs will perform a complete chiropractic examination, including noting any subluxations, or misalignments in your spinal column.
Common treatments for whiplash and other car-related injuries include:

  • Chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Application of heat and cold
  • Physical therapy
  • Traction
  • Range of motion and stretching exercises
  • Ice and heat therapy

Rest assured Dr. Wachs will custom-tailor your care plan to accommodate your specific injury and your overall health.


Find out more
If you've suffered an injury in an auto accident, at work, or while playing sports, we can help return you to optimal wellness and function. Please call Wachs Chiropractic Wellness Center for a personal consultation today at (619) 427-4747. We look forward to serving you!

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
December 18, 2018
Category: Pain
Tags: Work Injury  

Find out the many ways in which chiropractic treatment could improve your current physical condition.

Work InjuryEvery 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. Many people might find this statistic shocking, especially since many work-related injuries could actually be prevented altogether. Furthermore, more and more working professionals are complaining about back and neck pain and musculoskeletal problems as a result of sitting hunched over their desk for hours on end. This is where our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs comes in!

 

More About Work Injuries

As you might imagine, sitting at a desk all day long and leading a sedentary lifestyle can greatly increase your chances of developing musculoskeletal problems. Fortunately, chiropractic care provides an effective way to improve many conditions, helping patients alleviate their symptoms while also getting them back to work faster.

The ways in which chiropractic care at our Chula Vista office can benefit you include,

  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Reducing or eliminating neck or back pain
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Boosting blood flow and circulation to certain areas
  • Reducing tension and improving mobility
  • Preventing the recurrence of symptoms

 

Furthermore, our chiropractor, Dr. Wachs, can even sit down with you to discuss different lifestyle modifications and habits to that will improve your working conditions and prevent future work-related injuries. For example, we can recommend specific ergonomic chairs, to prevent you from hunching over your desk or straining your neck. Proper posture will not only protect the health of your spine but also keep the rest of your musculoskeletal system working properly.

Regular chiropractic adjustments have been known to not only treat a variety of ailments and injuries but also prevent issues altogether. Regular spinal adjustments, lifestyle and occupational changes, and specific therapeutic exercises have all been known to improve your posture and relieve a variety of symptoms common to many working professionals.

The most common work-related injuries we can treat with chiropractic care include,

  • Falls or accidents
  • Car accident-related injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries (tendonitis; carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Muscle strains

 

Intersted? Give us a Call!

If you are interested in finding out how our chiropractic team can straighten you out and improve your health, call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, to schedule your no-risk consultation! Our number is (619) 427-4747.





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