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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
May 08, 2020
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

Are you experiencing neck or shoulder pain, dizziness or headaches, fatigue, or other musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms after a car accident or another traumatic incident? If so, you may be suffering from whiplash.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about whiplash and how our team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, can help treat the tissue.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by forceful, rapid back-and-forth movement of the head. This motion can injure vertebrae, disks between the vertebrae, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and other tissues around the neck.

What causes a whiplash injury?

Whiplash is typically caused by car accidents but can also be the result of a sports or workplace accident, a fall, or a physical abuse/assault (getting punched or shaken).

What are the most common whiplash symptoms?

Neck pain, neck stiffness, reduced range of motion, neck instability, shoulder/upper back pain, and headaches are very common symptoms. There could also be tingling, weakness, or numbness that radiates into the shoulder and down the arm, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sleep disturbances, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and depression.

How is whiplash usually treated?

Doctors usually prescribe an OTC pain medication like Tylenol or aspirin. More severe injuries may require prescription painkillers and muscle relaxants. Physical therapy, traction, massage, heat, ice, injections, and ultrasound, have also been used as treatment.

How does chiropractic care help whiplash?

Chiropractic treatments can help bring injured cervical joints back into proper alignment, relieving joint pain, and restoring range of motion. This approach is a safer and more effective long-term solution compared to pain medication and invasive surgery.
Your chiropractor, Dr. Wachs in Chula Vista, CA, will develop a treatment plan adapted specifically to your injuries. Treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, ultrasound, muscle stimulation, physiotherapy, and stretching/strengthening exercises.

When should you seek treatment?

Because whiplash symptoms vary and may not be felt right away, it is important to consult with Dr. Wachs at our Chula Vista office immediately following your traumatic incident: 619-427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
March 26, 2020
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Treatment   Accidents  

Have you been involved in a car crash recently? The violent impact involved in an accident can cause a lot of damage to tendons, ligaments, muscles, or bones. The most common complaints are back and neck pain, caused by a spinal or whiplash injury. These injuries can lead to chronic pain if you don’t seek proper care right away. Prompt chiropractic care can be crucial to relieving a crash-related injury.

Fortunately, Dr. Steven Wachs and his team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, provide chiropractic treatments designed to relieve your pain symptoms while simultaneously addressing the underlying root cause.

Benefits of Chiropractic treatment after a car crash

The impact of a car accident can lead to abrupt movement of the head and neck causing misalignment in the body’s musculoskeletal structure, particularly the spine. Improper alignment of the vertebrae in your spinal column is one of the main causes of pain.

Chiropractic adjustments at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, can not only relieve pressure on muscles and nerves, but also bring back alignment to the spine.

Out of the 22 million Americans who visit chiropractors annually, about 35% are seeking relief from back pain of various origins, including accidents, sports injuries, and muscle strains.

A drug-free way to relieve your pain and regain mobility

The opioid epidemic has led the health care system to reconsider the value of drug-free approaches. The American College of Physicians (ACP) guideline cites spinal manipulation as one of the noninvasive, drug-free options for pain treatment.
Chiropractic adjustments such as hands-on spinal manipulation specifically aim to regain proper alignment and mobility, all while promoting healing without surgery or medication.

Easy access for our patients

Your Wachs Chiropractic Health Center team in Chula Vista, with satellite offices in North County San Diego, is dedicated to treating patients who have been injured in automobile accidents.

If you’re in pain, don’t wait! Call us and let us help you avoid a lifetime of chronic pain and other health issues.

Our main office is conveniently located in downtown Chula Vista, North County San Diego, between I-805 and I-5.

Chula Vista, CA Chiropractor

Wachs Chiropractic Health Center

359 Third Avenue, Suite B

Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 427-4747
 

We have two satellite offices:
 

Wachs Chiropractic Health Center

Satellite Office #1

2204 El Camino Real, Suite 201 (619) 427-4747

Oceanside, Ca 92054


Wachs Chiropractic Health Center

Satellite Office #2

105 N. Rose Street, Suite 100 (619) 427-4747

Escondido, Ca 92027

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
March 05, 2020
Category: Pain
Tags: back pain   neck pain  

If you have recently gone through an auto accident and sustained neck and/or back injuries, you may be surprised to find out that chiropractic care can offer a drug-free approach to ease your pain. Neck and back pain after an auto accident is typically a result of whiplash or some kind of spinal injury. Failing to obtain proper treatment for these injuries could have severe consequences for your overall health.

Further, injuries from auto accidents could even result in months or years of chronic or recurring pain. Here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Steven Wachs offers chiropractic care for treating injuries caused by auto accidents.

How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Auto Accident Injuries

Using a broad range of chiropractic techniques, including spinal adjustments, rehabilitative/mobility exercises, and electric muscle stimulation, your chiropractor can help with the following:

Alleviate Your Pain

Most soft-tissue injuries typically take a couple of months to completely heal. With chiropractic care, however, you can enjoy relief from your back or neck pain much faster than that. Some patients even report as much as 80% pain reduction following several weeks of regular chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will make specific adjustments to your spine if required and recommend foam roller or massage techniques to address any discomfort or pain you’re feeling.

Restore Your Mobility

Stiffness and soreness from auto accident injuries could seriously restrict your movement. Your chiropractor in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Steven Wachs, can recommend certain exercises that will help you regain your mobility as quickly as possible so you can restore your full range of motion. This way, you can heal safely and quickly, even before any scar tissue can form.

Support Long-Term and Safe Recovery

It’s immensely vital to note that muscle weakness and related symptoms that are caused by an auto accident could leave you susceptible to reinjury if you don’t receive proper treatment for your injury. With chiropractic care, you’ll be prescribed specific rehabilitative exercises that will help in strengthening your injured muscles and improving their flexibility.

A Very Important Note on Auto Accident Injuries

To help ensure quick and safe rehabilitation, early diagnosis and treatment are very important. The sooner you have your injuries assessed, the sooner you can start proper treatment and be on your way to safe recovery. Likewise, even if you were in a minor auto accident and sustained a seemingly negligible injury, certain injuries can take days or weeks to display symptoms. This means that you should seek professional help as soon as you can after your accident just to be on the safe side.

Need Help Recovering From an Auto Accident Injury?

Visit us here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, or call (619) 427-4747 to make an appointment with Dr. Steven Wachs.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
December 26, 2019
Category: Injuries
Tags: Work Injuries  

Did you know that workplace injuries are very common? Once every seven seconds, someone is hurt at their job, according to the National Safety Council. Here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista and North County San Diego, Dr. Steven Wachs is your work injury specialist—he'll evaluate your symptoms from the chiropractic point of view and get you the relief you deserve!

Overexertion, strain, repetitive motion

Amazingly, most workplace injuries come from simple actions, such as lifting something that is too heavy for you, straining your muscles, or simply repeating the same action over and over. Additionally, even poor posture strains muscles, ligaments, and tendons and may throw the spine out of alignment (causing subluxations). The National Safety Council also finds that tripping, falling, and impacting objects in the workplace cause many acute injuries.

If you're injured...

See your work injury specialist right away. After all, symptoms and impairment may increase over time, particularly when not observed and treated expeditiously by a medical professional.

When you come to Wachs Chiropractic Wellness Center in Chula Vista and North County San Diego, Dr. Wachs will personally give you a complete chiropractic examination, including an X-ray screening and specialized imaging as needed. He'll closely listen to your symptoms and set-up a program of treatment that is as conservative and comfortable as possible. This means surgery, injections, and pain medications, are all last resorts whenever possible.

Depending on your specific workplace injury, your care plan could include:

  • Hands-on adjustments (spinal decompression and manipulation techniques)
  • Massage
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Ergonomics (including proper footwear, chairs and workstations and supports such as wrist splints and knee or back braces)

Dr. Wachs emphasizes the importance of follow-up teaching post-injury. Your chiropractor will work with you to minimize workplace stresses and risks, point out safer and more efficient ways to do your job effectively and to keep you as mobile and pain-free as possible.

Additionally, your chiropractor can interface with your employer to help them create a work environment that sustains worker safety, longevity, and well-being on the job.

The right care right away

That's what you'll receive when you contact Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista and North County San Diego. Please call us for an appointment with your work injury specialist, Dr. Steven Wachs: (619) 427-4747.

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.





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