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Posts for tag: Auto Accidents

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
August 16, 2021
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Auto Accidents  

Find out why a chiropractor might be the first doctor you’ll want to see after an accident.

If you were recently in a car accident, we know how scary the experience can be. We’re glad everyone’s OK. However, while emotions and adrenaline are going strong, it can be difficult to notice any injuries or problems you might have developed from the accident. It can take days or even weeks for pain, stiffness and mobility issues to rear their ugly head after an accident. From back injuries to whiplash, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Steven Wachs can handle it all. Here's what we can do to ensure that you experience a full and speedy recovery after an auto accident,

Swift Diagnoses and Advanced Treatment

Through a thorough examination and state-of-the-art imaging technology, we can pinpoint the exact cause of pain and discomfort. For you, this means faster relief from those annoying symptoms. We offer a wide range of diagnostic tools to be able to detect everything from ruptured discs and fractured bones to pinched nerves and inflammation. Through imaging tests our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team can also determine the best course of action for treating your symptoms.

Corrective Exercises

This is a handy one, as you can do this right in the comfort of your own home. Better yet—we’ll teach you! We have created some core exercises to help correct and strengthen neck and spinal issues. We’ve seen these exercises work on countless patients, and now you can also reverse your post-accident neck and back problems by simply following these specific stretches and exercises.

Spinal Manipulation & Complementary Therapies

A car accident can really jostle your neck and spine out of alignment. Through regular spinal adjustments, we can realign the discs of the spine, which also promotes better blood flow to other areas of the body to help tissue, ligaments and tendons heal faster. Better yet, spinal manipulation and all of the services our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractic team offers are safe, effective, drug-free and non-invasive.

Other Therapeutic Options

There are so many other supportive services that could help improve your symptoms and bring you back to pre-accident health. These other treatment options include ultrasound, moist heat therapy, acupuncture and cryotherapy. They can complement your current treatment plan and may even speed up your healing process.

If you or someone you know has recently been in an auto accident, our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor Dr. Wachs and his team are ready to provide the therapeutic and customized care you need to feel better. To schedule a chiropractic consultation, call Wachs Chiropractic Health Center 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.

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.