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Posts for category: Injuries

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
July 13, 2022
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

How your chiropractor in Chula Vista, CA, can help you recover from whiplash

If you’ve ever been in an auto accident, chances are you’ve suffered whiplash. It’s a common condition resulting from your head and neck being suddenly whipped around. Whiplash can cause strain in your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Severe whiplash can also cause alignment problems in your cervical vertebrae.

Fortunately, your chiropractor can help you feel better. Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, provides a wide range of chiropractic and wellness services, including whiplash treatment, to help you recover.

There are some obvious signs and symptoms of whiplash, but they can be delayed, often developing in the hours following the accident. Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck stiffness and pain
  • Increasing neck pain when you are moving
  • Headaches at the base of your skull
  • Increasing pain in your upper back, shoulders, and arms
  • Numbness and tingling in your arms
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Blurred vision
  • Problems sleeping or concentrating

For mild whiplash symptoms, you can try a few simple home therapies like these:

  • Placing ice or heat packs on your neck
  • Resting and limiting movement for a few days
  • Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Performing gentle neck, shoulder, and arm stretches

For moderate to severe whiplash symptoms, you should visit your chiropractor for professional whiplash treatment. Common chiropractic treatments for whiplash include:

  • Manual adjustment of your cervical spine and shoulder joints
  • Therapeutic massage to boost blood flow and help you heal
  • Electrical stimulation (TENS) to help your muscles relax
  • Immobilization with a neck collar to stabilize your neck
  • Physical therapy, to increase range-of-motion and flexibility

You don’t have to suffer from whiplash when relief and recovery are just a phone call away. To learn more about the signs and symptoms of whiplash and whiplash treatment, call Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. You can reach him in the office by calling (619) 427-4747, so call now.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
June 10, 2022
Category: Injuries
Tags: Auto Accidents  

Auto accidents can cause all sorts of injuries, some of which don't become apparent for hours or days after the accident. Luckily, your Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Steven Wachs, offers effective treatment for aches and pain caused by auto accidents.

Common auto accident injuries

Although you may not be able to sense movement when you're in a car, your body is actually moving forward along with the car. When the car hits an object, it stops suddenly. The sudden change in motion exposes your body to strong forces that can damage your joints, muscles, and soft tissues.

If you were in an accident, you may experience one or more of these injuries:

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is particularly common after an auto accident. As the car jolts to a stop, your neck whips back and forth. The movement strains or damages muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, vertebrae, and spinal discs. Whiplash symptoms may include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headaches, numbness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, and pain in the neck, shoulder, arms, upper back, or hands.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Even if you're wearing a seatbelt, you may be thrown around the car during the accident. Injuries to your muscles and soft tissues can cause pain and swelling and make it more difficult to move your joints.
  • Concussions: Concussions can also cause head and neck pain, nausea, blurred vision, and fatigue, in addition to memory issues and sensitivity to light.
  • Back, Neck, Leg, or Shoulder Injuries: The crash impact can damage joints, muscles, tendons, or ligaments in your back, neck, legs, or shoulders, causing injuries ranging from sprains to herniated discs to broken bones.

How a visit to the chiropractor can help

After auto accidents, it's a good idea to visit our chiropractic office. Your chiropractic will recommend a treatment plan that may include one or more of these treatments:

  • Spinal manipulation to realign your vertebrae and improve blood flow and movements in your joints
  • Soft tissue mobilization to relieve muscles spasms and pain, break up scar tissue, and speed healing
  • Ice and heat therapy to decrease pain and loosen tight and painful muscles

Auto accidents don't have to cause lingering symptoms. Your chiropractor in Chula Vista, CA, Dr. Wachs, can ease your aches and pains. Call Dr. Wachs at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
February 21, 2022
Category: Injuries
Tags: Work Injuries  

Dealing with a work injury? Here’s how a chiropractor can help.

From overuse injuries to accidents, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs has treated his fair share of different work-related injuries over the past 30 years. If work injuries have happened to you, chances are fairly good that you might have questions. We’ve compiled some of the most common questions our chiropractic team gets about work-related injuries so you can stay informed about your treatment options.

What are common workplace injuries?

With more and more people working from home these days, we are finding that people are having a harder time unplugging from their work. This means more hours at their desk and less movement. Our bodies weren’t meant to sit for hours each day and this could be contributing to the work injuries you’re dealing with. Some of the most common work injuries our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor treats include,

  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Overuse injuries (e.g. bursitis; tendonitis; carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Back injury
  • Back and neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hernia
  • Arthritis

Any condition or injury that impacts the musculoskeletal system can be treated through comprehensive chiropractic care here at our Chula Vista, CA, office. This includes injuries that impact the,

  • Nerves
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Joints
  • Cartilage
  • Discs of the spine

How can chiropractic care help me?

If you are dealing with work-related injuries it’s best to turn to our chiropractor if you are looking for a treatment that focuses on improving how the body functions as a whole while also stimulating the body’s natural healing processes to reduce pain and inflammation and to help your injury heal faster. Regular chiropractic care can be used to,

  • Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
  • Restore range of motion and flexibility
  • Reduce pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Retrain and rebuild the ligaments, muscles and tendons
  • Release compressed or trapped nerves
  • Break up knots and trigger points in the muscles
  • Prevent new injuries from occurring
  • Recommend better ergonomics to improve posture, especially when working
  • Demonstrate certain stretches and exercises that you can do on your own

When will I see results?

How quickly you experience relief will depend on the issues you are dealing with and how severe they are. Many patients experience some symptom relief after just a single session; however, to see optimal results, we highly recommend coming in for regular sessions. When you come in for your consultation we can discuss how many treatment sessions we recommend.

When it comes to work injuries, you want a chiropractor that knows exactly what you need to heal. Our Chula Vista, CA, award-winning chiropractor Dr. Wachs and his team would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your injuries and how we can help. Call us at (619) 427-4747 to schedule a consultation.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
October 12, 2021
Category: Injuries
Tags: Whiplash  

Find out how chiropractor care can improve whiplash symptoms.

Dealing with whiplash? It’s one of the most common neck injuries we see, particularly after a car accident. If an accident or injury has left you with a stiff, painful neck and limited range of motion, then you could be dealing with whiplash. Fortunately for you, this is an issue that our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs addresses and treats regularly.

We’ll Perform a Thorough Evaluation

To determine the best course of action for your whiplash, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team will need to perform a comprehensive evaluation to look for everything from misaligned vertebrae and disc injuries to ligament tears and muscle spasms. 

Treating Your Whiplash

Depending on the extent of your injuries and how soon you come into our office for treatment, there are several chiropractic and therapeutic strategies we will use to improve your symptoms and promote faster healing. These treatment options include,

Icing: This is something that we can do in our office but you can also easily do it on your own. Ice your neck 2-3 times a day for up to 20 minutes a day to reduce inflammation and pain. This is particularly important for the first 72 hours after injury to keep swelling down.

Spinal manipulation: We will utilize spinal manipulation to restore range of motion and movement into the joints of the neck. Spinal manipulation helps to realign the spine, take pressure off the muscles, soft tissue, and nerves, and improve blood flow to areas that are inflamed and tender. There are a variety of spinal manipulation techniques that include both hands-on and device-assisted modalities. Forms of spinal manipulation that we may use include,

  • Flexion-distraction
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Graston technique (utilizes instruments to treat soft tissue injuries)
  • Resistance and stretching techniques

If you are having issues getting whiplash symptoms under control, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs and the team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center are here to help. To schedule an evaluation, call us at (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
June 02, 2021
Category: Injuries
Tags: Auto Accidents   Injuries  

Find out how chiropractic care can improve and heal auto accident-related injuries.

Getting into a car accident is one of the most frightening experiences we face. Unfortunately, auto accidents are incredibly common. In fact, a typical driver will get into about 3-4 accidents over the course of their driving lifetime, according to Forbes. So if an auto accident has happened to you in Chula Vista, CA, after you call your insurance company and are checked out by a medical professional, the next call you should make is to our chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs.

What types of auto accident injuries are common?

Here at our Chula Vista, CA, practice, Dr. Wachs and his team see and treat a wide range of auto accident injuries. Some of the most common is muscle and ligament strains and sprains, particularly in the neck and back.

More serious accidents can also lead to torn ligaments and soft-tissue tears. Whiplash is a common neck injury that we see in car accident patients. A simple x-ray can tell us the type of impact your accident has had on your body as a whole so that we can determine the best chiropractic approach to care and healing.

How can a chiropractor help me after a car accident?

Some people may experience neck and back pain, stiffness, swelling, and limited mobility after an accident while others may feel fine at first. It can take hours and even days for symptoms to appear after an accident. The most important thing you can do is provide your body with the gentle, therapeutic care it needs to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes, even if your symptoms seem minor.

When you come in for your consultation, we will perform a thorough exam, discuss your accident and medical history and run imaging tests. From there, we will map out your very own treatment plan. One of the purposes of a chiropractor is to realign the vertebra of the spine to alleviate the pressure placed on certain joints, nerves, and ligaments in the body.

Through spinal manipulation, we can place the spine back into its proper alignment to improve blood flow, as well as flexibility and range of motion, while also reducing pain and swelling in the neck and back.

A chiropractor offers drug-free, side-effect-free, and non-invasive ways to improve the health and function of your neuromusculoskeletal system after an accident. Instead of popping painkillers, which only mask the problem, turn to our chiropractic team for immediate and long-term relief from your auto accident symptoms.

If you’re looking for a chiropractor that specializes in treating auto accidents and injuries in Chula Vista, CA, then call Wach’s Chiropractic Health Center today at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an evaluation. We offer award-winning chiropractic care to our patients.