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By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
December 18, 2018
Category: Pain
Tags: Work Injury  

Find out the many ways in which chiropractic treatment could improve your current physical condition.

Work InjuryEvery 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. Many people might find this statistic shocking, especially since many work-related injuries could actually be prevented altogether. Furthermore, more and more working professionals are complaining about back and neck pain and musculoskeletal problems as a result of sitting hunched over their desk for hours on end. This is where our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs comes in!


More About Work Injuries

As you might imagine, sitting at a desk all day long and leading a sedentary lifestyle can greatly increase your chances of developing musculoskeletal problems. Fortunately, chiropractic care provides an effective way to improve many conditions, helping patients alleviate their symptoms while also getting them back to work faster.

The ways in which chiropractic care at our Chula Vista office can benefit you include,

  • Reducing chronic pain
  • Reducing or eliminating neck or back pain
  • Speeding up the healing process
  • Boosting blood flow and circulation to certain areas
  • Reducing tension and improving mobility
  • Preventing the recurrence of symptoms


Furthermore, our chiropractor, Dr. Wachs, can even sit down with you to discuss different lifestyle modifications and habits to that will improve your working conditions and prevent future work-related injuries. For example, we can recommend specific ergonomic chairs, to prevent you from hunching over your desk or straining your neck. Proper posture will not only protect the health of your spine but also keep the rest of your musculoskeletal system working properly.

Regular chiropractic adjustments have been known to not only treat a variety of ailments and injuries but also prevent issues altogether. Regular spinal adjustments, lifestyle and occupational changes, and specific therapeutic exercises have all been known to improve your posture and relieve a variety of symptoms common to many working professionals.

The most common work-related injuries we can treat with chiropractic care include,

  • Falls or accidents
  • Car accident-related injuries
  • Repetitive strain injuries (tendonitis; carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Muscle strains


Intersted? Give us a Call!

If you are interested in finding out how our chiropractic team can straighten you out and improve your health, call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA, to schedule your no-risk consultation! Our number is (619) 427-4747.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
July 18, 2016
Category: Pain
Tags: Whiplash  

If you are you experiencing pain in your neck and shoulders after a traumatic event such as a car accident or wonky tackle on the field, you may be suffering from the symptoms of whiplash. Learn more about whiplash and its treatment options with Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA.Whiplash

What causes whiplash? 
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolting movement, causing the head to quickly move forward then backward, similar to a whip. One very common cause of whiplash is an auto accident in which a car is rear-ended. The impact from behind causes the back and forth movement which causes whiplash. However, whiplash can also occur due to other events like a sporting collision or any other movement which suddenly forces the head backward and forward.

Whiplash Symptoms
Whiplash’s symptoms usually present themselves within a day or two of the incident, though symptoms may appear immediately. In some cases, there are no symptoms until days or weeks after the incident. The symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches which radiate up the back of the neck to the forehead
  • Tenderness

If you have been in a traumatic event and experience these symptoms, you could be suffering from whiplash. In this case, you should schedule an appointment for an examination with Dr. Wachs. If you have no initial symptoms, seeing your chiropractor immediately after a traumatic event could help prevent further complications.

Treating Whiplash in Chula Vista
Chiropractic uses a hands-on and drug-free approach to treating the musculoskeletal system and it’s connective tissues. Chiropractic care has proven effective in treating whiplash. Your chiropractor will choose a treatment plan specific to you and your injuries. Oftentimes, that plan involves spinal manipulation in conjunction with other therapies. Treatment may include spinal rehabilitation, injury specific therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education; post-injury medical relaxation techniques, massage therapy, hot/cold therapy, and advanced (LLLT) laser therapy. Your doctor can help you choose the best treatment for you.

For more information on whiplash, please contact Dr. Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. Call (619) 427-4747 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Wachs today!

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
January 19, 2016
Category: Pain
Tags: knee pain  

How can a Chiropractor Help with Knee Pain?

Is your knee pain interfering with your daily activities? Have you tried standard medical treatment and still have not found relief? Then knee painmaybe it is time you considered chiropractic care in Chula Vista, CA for your knee pain. At Wachs Chiropractic Health Center, Dr. Steven M. Wachs is here to help you explore all the options available to help you find pain relief.

Knee Pain

Knee pain can be very debilitating. If affects your ability to not only stand and walk or run, but also your ability to sit comfortably. You may need to seek care for your knee when it is painful, swollen, stiff, clicks or pops when you walk, or has become weaker.

Chiropractic Knee Treatment

Your Chula Vista chiropractor will fully evaluate not only your painful knee, but the alignment of your spine and pelvis as well as your feet and ankles. Keeping proper alignment of your entire body will help alleviate the pain of normal wear and tear on your knee.

Reduce Inflammation

If you have inflammation in your knee, your chiropractor will take steps to reduce the inflammation by using ice therapy and also inferential, ultrasound, or laser therapy to stimulate soft tissue healing and reduce inflammation thereby relieving pain.


Your Chula Vista chiropractor can perform specific manipulations on the knee joint to reduce pain and improve mobilization. Trigger point therapy, which is a form of deep tissue massage, can also be done to improve the function of the knee.


Once the knee pain is improving, your chiropractor may introduce exercises to improve the stability and strength of the knee joint. This will help prevent further problems in the future.

Some knee pain and injuries may require surgery, and your chiropractor will refer you if that is necessary. However, physicians are becoming more conservative in their rush to perform surgery and recommending alternative treatments with better results.

If you are ready to do something about that knee pain, call Dr. Wachs today! Here at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA we are here to help you get pain-free and moving again!

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
December 03, 2015
Category: Pain
Tags: Workplace Injuries  

Find out how chiropractic care can effectively treat work-related injuries.

Whether you work on a construction site or in an office there are injuries that can befall workers no matter what your job might be. Here Workplace Injuriesare some of the most common work injuries and how your Chula Vista chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs can help.

What are the most common work injuries?

It doesn’t matter what setting you call your workplace, injuries can happen to anyone. Here are some of the most typical work-related injuries we see:

Musculoskeletal Injuries: These problems can occur due to overexertion, heavy lifting, repetitive movements or even staying in one position too long.

Slipping and Falling: It doesn’t matter where you work, a fall can happen to anyone. Whether it’s a cluttered workspace or a slippery floor there are so many scenarios that could spell disaster.

Auto accidents: Most workers drive, whether it includes transporting goods, driving the company car or just using their personal car to get to and from work every day. Whiplash, spinal misalignments and broken bones are common car accident-related injuries.

How can chiropractic treatment help?

When it comes to musculoskeletal injuries chiropractic care can certainly help to adjust and correct spinal alignment to take pressure off of common sore spots like back, neck, hips or legs. Massage therapy can also reduce anxiety and help alleviate musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.

Slipping and falling can incur serious injury to the region of impact. Fortunately, your chiropractic specialist in Chula Vista can offer both rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy to boast healing and help patients reduce pain, increase mobility and get back to what matters in their lives.

Auto accidents can be scary, and they can certainly be scarier once you are faced with injuries or other problems. When you come into our Chula Vista chiropractic office we can offer physical therapy, spinal realignment, massage therapy and other options to restore movement, range-of-motion and mobility.

Don’t let a work-related injury affect your quality of life. If you need relief, turn to Wachs Chiropractic Health Center. Dr. Wachs specializes in everything from sports injuries to sleep apnea to injured workers. Call our office to schedule your next appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
September 15, 2015
Category: Pain
Tags: Neck   Back  

Walking, sitting and laying down are basic activities that we take part in every day. When these activities are hindered due to back and neck pain, every day life can be much more frustrating and painful than it should be. Luckily, your Chula Vista chiropractor can help you Back and Neck Painbeat back and neck pain and get back to a normal, pain-free life.

What causes neck and back pain? 

The most typical causes of neck and back pain include:

  • Trauma: Auto accidents are the most common cause of whiplash, a condition which occurs when the neck is “whipped” back and forth, causing strain on the muscles and strain on the ligaments. Injury from lifting too much weight can also be the underlying cause of back or neck pain.
  • Aging: Conditions that commonly occur in older patients, such as spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease can all attribute to back or neck pain.
  • Everyday life: Obesity, sleeping habits, poor posture and weak supporting muscles in the abdomen are common culprits in neck and back pain.

How does chiropractic care work? 
While treating patients, chiropractors focus on using hands-on methods to manipulate and align the musculoskeletal structure, specifically the spine. This correction of alignment reduces pain. Functionality and mobility of muscles and joints are also addressed during chiropractic adjustments.

What can I expect at a chiropractic appointment?
Before any adjustments are made, a consultation takes place to determine problem areas, the severity of the pain and potential treatments. It is important to let your chiropractor know how long the pain has lasted and what eases or worsens it. Medical history such as prior injuries or illnesses are also used to help pinpoint issues and causes. X-rays and a physical examination aid in creating a specialized treatment plan. Finally, adjustments are made, sometimes in conjunction with treatments like:

  • hydrotherapy
  • muscle and nerve stimulation
  • joint mobilization and mechanical traction 
  • therapeutic exercise and stretches
  • cold laser therapy (LLLT)

While treatment plans are created on a patient by patient basis, several adjustments over a few weeks are usually sufficient in treating and correcting most conditions which cause neck and back pain.

Are you experiencing back or neck pain? Let Dr. Steven Wachs, DC and the staff at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA help you get back on your feet. Call (619) 427-4747 to schedule an appointment today!