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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
July 19, 2018
Category: Injuries
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Sport InjuryYour favorite sport can be hard on your body, causing aches, pains, and injuries that keep you off the court, field, or track. Dr. Steven Wachs of Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, Oceanside, and Escondido, CA, provides a variety of treatments that can help you return to the game.

What types of injuries are caused by sports participation?

Injuries often occur due to poor technique, failure to warm up, overuse injuries, discrepancies in leg length, and muscle or tendon weakness, in addition to other causes. Common types of injuries reported by athletes include:

  • Head and Neck Trauma: Football is probably the sport that comes to mind when you think about sports-related head trauma, but the head and neck injuries can occur in other sports too. Gymnasts, soccer players, boxers, and hockey and lacrosse players may experience blows or falls that cause concussions, cervical spine or neck injuries, headaches, dizziness, and neck and back pain.
  • Back Injuries: Swimmers, weightlifters (even those who only use resistance bands), tennis players, runners, golfers, and others may be prone to developing back injuries. Back pain is particularly common in sports that involve twisting, flexing, lifting, or sudden jarring movements. Your Chula Vista, Oceanside, or Escondido chiropractor can offer treatments that will help relieve your symptoms, including manual manipulations that realign your spinal column, massage, ice/heat therapy, ultrasound, and other therapies.
  • Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains can happen in nearly any sport, even low-impact sports like swimming. You may be more likely to experience a sprain if you participate in sports that involve jumping or forceful landings, such as basketball or gymnastics.
  • Tennis Elbow: Tennis elbow occurs due to a tear or rupture in the tendon that connects the muscles of the forearm to the outer part of the elbow. It's particularly common in tennis players, but can occur in any sport that involves repetitive arm movements, such as weightlifting.

Chiropractic care can help relieve pain and improve range of motion and other issues that often accompany sports injuries. Call Dr. Wachs of Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, Oceanside, and Escondido, CA, at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
June 08, 2018
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

Back PainMedication isn't the only option when you have neck and back pain. Chiropractic treatments target the source of your pain, rather than just masking the symptoms. Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs uses a variety of chiropractic modalities to relieve neck and back pain.

Why does my back and neck hurt?

Neck and back pain may occur if the vertebrae in your spine become misaligned. A fall or blow can cause your painful symptoms, but poor posture may also lead to an aching neck and back. In fact, Chula Vista office workers and others who spend hours in one position often suffer from neck and back pain. Bending your head downward to view smartphones, tablets and other digital devices may also place stress on your neck and upper back, causing painful symptoms.

You may be more likely to experience neck and back pain if you have certain conditions, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis or herniated discs in your spine.

How can chiropractic treatment help?

Although medications can dull the pain of neck and back pain, your symptoms will return or persist if you don't treat the source. Visits to your chiropractor include examinations to determine the cause of your pain and diagnostic tests, such as X-rays. Based on the results of your examination, you'll be presented with a treatment plan that will relieve your symptoms naturally.

Chiropractors often use spinal manipulation, a hands-on technique that gently restores the natural alignment of your spine, to ease both back and neck pain and inflammation. Once your spine is properly aligned, your muscles may feel looser and you will probably find that it's easier to move your joints.

In addition to spinal manipulation, you may receive several other types of treatment, such as hot or cold therapy, massage, electrical stimulation or advanced laser therapy. Your chiropractor may also recommend exercises that will help strengthen the muscles that support your bones and joints.

Find real relief for your neck and back pain with chiropractic care. Call Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs at (619) 427-4747 to schedule your appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
April 23, 2018
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Whiplash  

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries reported by victims of serious automobile accidents. Symptoms sometimes take a long timewhiplash to show up, which is why it’s important to stay in touch with chiropractor Dr. Stephen Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA after your incident. These are some of the questions frequently asked by patients who believe they may have experience whiplash, also called Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration.

How Does Whiplash Happen?
Whiplash is a common problem for drivers who are hit from the rear, but can also happen from falling off a bicycle or being hit unexpectedly in contact sports. The injury is caused by the head jerking backward then forward due to some type of strong impact. The neck isn’t supposed to sustain that type of movement—especially so quickly. 

What Are the Effects of Whiplash?
A whiplash victim may experience both short and long-term effects after this type of injury. Here are some of the symptoms to check for and discuss with your Chula Vista chiropractor:

- Pain in the neck.
- Chronic shoulder pain and tenderness.
- Stiffness that makes it difficult to turn or lift the head.
- Headaches.
- Tingling sensation in the arms.

Can Whiplash Be Treated?
Chiropractors offer a number of treatment options for cases of whiplash. The exact course of treatment depends on various factors, such as the severity of pain and any related injuries. Chiropractic adjustments help, as does massage therapy and neck exercises. Ultrasound therapy and muscle stimulation might also be recommended. Many mild cases of whiplash heal after about six months with chiropractic therapy, but in some cases, the patient could struggle with pain for multiple years. 

Get Urgent Treatment for Whiplash
It’s best to see a chiropractor as soon as you start to notice symptoms of whiplash because it can affect your quality of life in a number of ways. Call (619) 427-4747 today to schedule an exam with Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA.

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.





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