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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
January 24, 2018
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Auto Accidents  

Wham! You're hit from behind during an auto accident involving several vehicles. Your car is a mess, but you walk away from the scene auto accidentsOK, or so you think. Even the ER doctor says all is well. However, later, you feel dizzy and your neck and left shoulder hurt. Should you seek medical attention? Dr. Stephen Wachs of Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA recommends a chiropractic examination immediately after any MVA. Injuries such as whiplash from auto accidents often go unnoticed, but neglecting them leads to increased pain, longer recovery and decreased mobility. Call Dr. Wachs right away after a mishap involving hard and sudden impact.

What is whiplash?

According to the Palmer College of Chiropractic, whiplash injuries affect almost 300,000 Americans annually. Car accidents, or other situations in which the body absorbs a hard and sudden impact from the front, side or back, snaps the head in one direction and then quickly in the opposite. This motion resembles the quick flick and crack of a whip--hence the term, whiplash.

The many symptoms of whiplash don't always express themselves immediately. That's why Dr. Wachs advises all MVA victims seek chiropractic care as soon as possible. He and his dedicated team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista take special care of patients involved auto accidents because they understand the effects quick and substantial physical forces can have on the bones (vertebrae) of the back and on the nerves and muscles, too. Herniated discs and torn ligaments frequently accompany whiplash injuries.

The common symptoms of whiplash are:

  • Vertigo
  • Blurry vision
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Muscular stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion, particularly in the neck

How Dr. Wachs helps

Dr. Wachs performs a complete chiropractic examination. He looks for subluxations, or misalignments of the spinal vertebrae in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine, and he usually orders X-rays and other imaging to get an accurate picture of the damage. Additionally, Dr. Wachs writes a complete care plan to help alleviate the patient's most immediate and pressing symptoms and to achieve full rehabilitation over time.

Possible treatments include:

  • Manual chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Cold laser treatments
  • Stretching exercises
  • Spinal rehabilitation
  • Injury specific therapeutic exercises
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Post-injury medical relaxation techniques

Chiropractic care eases pain, promotes flexibility and strengthens the muscles surrounding the spinal column. As a result, recovery from auto accident injuries is more complete and long-lasting and patients avoid long-term disability, loss of wages and decreased quality of life.

Have you been in an MVA?

Don't wait. Your health, overall function and even your insurance settlement depend on receiving chiropractic care from Dr. Wachs. Please contact our Chula Vista, CA office right away in the event of an auto accident injury. Call (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
November 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Preventing an injury is much easier than dealing with the painful aftermath. Our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Steven Wachs, shares a sports injuryfew ways you can avoid sports injuries.

Warm up

Warming up may seem like a waste of time when you're eager to get on the field or begin a run or other activity in a Chula Vista park. Unfortunately, if you don't warm up, your risk of injury rises. Stretching exercises improve flexibility and also increase blood flow to your muscles, which can reduce the risk of muscle strains and pulls. Warm up for at least 10 minutes before starting more vigorous activity.

Wear supportive shoes

It's easier to turn your ankle and fall if your shoes don't provide adequate support for your feet and ankles. When you only play a sport occasionally, it may be fine to replace your shoes once or twice a year. If you frequently, run, walk or compete in sports, you may need to buy new shoes at least every three months.

Improve muscle strength

Performing weight bearing exercises when you're off the field may reduce your risk of injuries during a game or athletic activity. Strong muscles improve joint stability and help you keep your balance.

Wear protective gear

Helmets, pads, goggles, mouthguards and other protective gear provide valuable protection for athletes. Don't enter the game or begin your activity unless you're wearing the appropriate gear.

Stop if you're in pain

Following the outdated "no pain, no gain" rule can lead to serious injury. Pain is a sign that something is wrong. If you continue to play despite the pain, your injury may worsen or you may begin to experience chronic pain.

Don't overdo it

If you want to get better at a sport, it only makes sense to work as hard as you can. Although dedication is important, you may injure yourself if you suddenly begin practicing longer or harder than usual. If you want to increase the length or intensity of your usual workout, gradual changes are best.

Chiropractic treatment can help you heal and return to the field if you experience sports injuries. Call our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Wachs, at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
September 20, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Work Injury  

Many of us work in the office, slouching in front of a computer screen, typing the hours away. The other majority of us do the heavy lifting,work injury construction or some other form of fieldwork. Whatever the nature of your work may be, work injury is serious and seeking treatment from your Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Steven Wachs, is a must.

Common Injuries

It's estimated that we work an average of 90,000 hours in a lifetime, which leaves plenty of room for issues such as these to arise:

  • Back injuries: If you find yourself hunched over a computer for extended periods of time, you may experience stiffness, soreness and back pain, which may become a chronic pain problem. Don't take back injuries lightly, however, they are one of the most common work-associated injuries.
  • Herniated discs and compressed nerves: This issue can cause back pain, neck pain, and numbness.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This is another injury computer-users may suffer from. It's condition that is caused by the median nerve, a nerve that extends from the forearm to the palm of your hand, being compressed and can lead to swelling, pain, numbness, tingling, and difficulty holding objects.

Your Chula Vista Treatments

There are a few lifestyle tips that can dramatically improve the condition of your already existing work injury, improve the chances of eliminating the injury you may already have or prevent any injury from occurring at all.

  • Certain massage techniques when combined with well-designed lifestyle adjustments, such as proper back support on office chairs and ergonomic keyboards to eliminate strain.
  • Spinal manipulation can also help improve your chronic conditions, as well as your capability to move and your range-of-motion.
  • Spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and massage therapy can help alleviate your pain.

Dr. Wachs creates a custom treatment plan that will cater to your health needs. The repercussions of not getting treatment for your conditions immediately or not adopting a healthier lifestyle could be dangerous. To find out more or to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Wachs' Chula Vista, CA, office at (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
July 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Whiplash  

Experiencing pain in the neck and shoulder areas following an accident or injury is a sign of possible whiplash. Whiplash injuries occur whiplashwhen the head and neck are thrust in a particular direction with extensive force, then whipped back in the opposite direction. The whipping motion can damage spinal vertebrae, ligaments, discs, muscles, joints, and tendons. In Chula Vista, CA, whiplash treatment is available at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center under the care of Dr. Steven Wachs.

Signs of Whiplash Injury

Following a whiplash injury, symptoms are not always readily apparent for several days. It can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours for whiplash symptoms to be felt. However, even when pain is not experienced for several days, the injury can still be quite serious. Treatment is important to realign the spine following a whiplash injury. See a chiropractor in Chula Vista for whiplash treatment. Signs of whiplash injury include:

  • Pain in the neck area
  • Pain in the shoulder area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Stiff neck
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Difficulty focusing

Whiplash Treatments

The pain, discomfort, and damage resulting from whiplash injuries can be treated and healed through a variety of treatments and techniques here in Chula Vista. One option is to use anti-inflammatory medications, which can ease the pain and discomfort associated with a whiplash injury. Physical therapy can realign the spine and heal spinal damage caused by whiplash. Physical therapy techniques that are particularly helpful in healing whiplash injuries include:

  • Applying heat to the injury
  • Gentle stretching
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Special exercises for strengthening the neck and back

If you are experiencing any of the signs of whiplash, see a chiropractor for treatment. There are various physical therapy techniques for healing the different types of spinal damage that can occur following a whiplash injury. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wachs, contact the Wachs Chiropractic Health Center by calling (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
May 11, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: auto accident  

How your chiropractor in Chula Vista, California, can help you after an auto accidentcar accidents

Auto accidents are frightening and the trauma can affect your body for a long time afterward. Modern safety equipment in your car can help lessen the trauma, but your body will still be jostled around. You can suffer joint, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries that can keep you sidelined from being active.

Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, wants to help you get relief. He proudly serves the residents of Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido and North County San Diego.

Different types of car accidents affect your body in different ways:

  • If you are hit from the rear, in a "whiplash" type accident, your head, chest, neck and spine can all be injured. These whiplash type traumas result in muscle imbalance, this pulls the spine out of alignment forcing the head forward resulting in pain and oftentimes impairment.
  • If you are hit from the side, your head, chest, lower extremities and abdomen can be injured. You may even suffer damage to your internal organs.
  • If you are hit from the front, your chest and lower extremities are at greater risk of injury in addition to the trauma sustained by the head and neck and spine; and if you are not wearing a seatbelt, you may suffer injuries to your head and face.

To help prevent auto accident injuries, always wear your seatbelt, even for short distances; and always be aware of your surroundings. There are some effective home remedies you can try to get relief immediately. Consider:

  • Resting for the first 24 hours after your auto accident
  • Applying ice or heat to the injured area several times each day
  • Taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen for pain and to reduce swelling
  • Doing gentle stretching exercises to reduce stiffness and prevent loss of motion
  • And if you're pain persists and is not manageable with conservative measures it is recommended to present to the emergency room.

It’s important to visit Dr. Wachs as soon as you can after your accident, even if you feel better. You may have tissue damage or other issues you may not know about. He may suggest:

  • Chiropractic manipulation to increase joint function and range of motion and improve nervous system function.
  • Electrical stimulation to increase circulation and reduce pain by loosening stiff muscles
  • Advanced laser therapy to accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, decrease swelling and for pain relief.
  • Therapeutic massage to reduce swelling, tension and pain

If you are in an auto accident, your body may be injured, but the effects may be invisible to you. Your chiropractor can help you heal, so call Dr. Steven M. Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. He helps the residents of Chula Vista, Oceanside, Escondido and North County San Diego and he can help you too, so call today!

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