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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
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.

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!