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Posts for category: Injuries

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
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
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
May 27, 2016
Category: Injuries
Tags: Sports Injuries  

How your Chula Vista chiropractor can help with sports-related injuries.

Playing sports and being active is a vital part of your life, and you don’t want to be sidelined by a sports injury. Though you don’t even sport's injurieshave to be an athlete to experience a sports-related injury. Just playing a neighborhood game of football can put you at risk for back or neck trauma.

If you do experience a sports-related injury, just know you don’t have to suffer alone. There is help just a phone call away. Dr. Steven M. Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA wants to help you recover from your sports injury.

Ideally, you want to protect yourself as much as possible from a sports-related injury. Dr. Wachs wants you to know a few simple tips to remember:

  • Always do some stretching before any sports-related activity. Stretching helps to warm up muscles and increase flexibility to prevent injury.
  • Always use proper sports equipment, especially the right shoes for the sport you are playing. Proper shoes help to provide stability and protection.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially in the summer months. Water helps you stay hydrated, healthy and energized.
  • Go slow and take it easy, especially if you aren’t in top shape and haven’t exercised regularly.

No matter how many precautions you take, you still may experience a painful injury, but you don’t have to let injury keep you off the field. Dr. Wachs can help with many effective treatments, including:

  • Chiropractic adjustments--which may include table adjustments to allow more gentle movements, lumbar roll to realign your vertebrae and release work to separate your vertebrae, among others.
  • Ice massage therapy--also called cryotherapy, to help minimize tissue damage, reduce swelling, temporarily numb painful soft tissue and limit muscle spasms
  • Heat therapy--to increase circulation and relax muscles by dilating your blood vessels and helping to boost healing in the affected area. Heat also helps your muscles regain strength and flexibility.

Laser therapy, with the revolutionary Smart Laser system; which enhances your body’s natural ability to repair and heal itself, and limit inflammation; laser therapy can provide pain relief, restore function and heal tissue structures. For more information on Smart Laser, please visit

Don’t let injuries keep you off the field. It’s time to call Dr. Steven M. Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. Call today and get back out there!