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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
October 12, 2018
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: back pain   neck pain   Work Injuries  

Don’t let work-related injuries keep you from living your best life.

Work PainDid you know that 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries occur each year? Many of these injuries are serious enough to keep people out of work for days, weeks and even months on end. We know that many of our patients aren’t able to afford to take that much time off work, nor can they afford to deal with chronic pain and other issues that can greatly impact their quality of life. Our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs sees many patients dealing with musculoskeletal issues due to occupational injuries, and we offer many solutions for improving your symptoms.

What are the most common work injuries?

No matter whether your job requires you to sit at a desk, drive a truck or move heavy equipment around, injuries can happen to anyone regardless of the type of workplace. Common injuries include,

  • Repetitive motion injuries: this includes everything from chopping food all day to typing on a computer, which can lead to issues such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Falling object injuries: Many people experience head, neck and back injuries due to falling objects
  • Falling: From falling down the stairs to tripping on a wet floor, taking a bad tumble can often result in serious injuries
  • Overexertion: If you have to lift, carry or hold heavy objects, this can lead to chronic pain and muscle strain

How should I handle a work-related injury?

It’s important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible after the injury to ensure that you get the proper care and treatment you require. Leaving injuries or health problems untreated could lead to further complications. Of course, some patients are looking to treat the problem rather than mask painful symptoms with medication. This is where chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic treatment is a great option for those living in Chula Vista, CA, dealing with work-related injuries and health problems. In fact, the various techniques and treatments we use are completely drug-free and can promote faster healing while providing you with the pain relief you’ve been looking for. After all, chiropractic care focuses on treating the cause of the pain rather than just managing the symptoms.

Why is chiropractic care a good option for treating work injuries?

Through treatment options such as spinal manipulation, decompression, physical therapy, ergonomics and physical therapy our chiropractor, Dr. Wachs, can promote faster healing, increase range-of-motion and flexibility, improve your physical and mental outlook and even help you prevent further injuries in the future.

Your health is important to us. If you are dealing with pain, stiffness or other issues as a result of a work-related injury or accident call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, today to schedule a consultation with us.

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.