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Posts for tag: Sports Injuries

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
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
November 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Preventing an injury is much easier than dealing with the painful aftermath. Our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Steven Wachs, shares a sports injuryfew ways you can avoid sports injuries.

Warm up

Warming up may seem like a waste of time when you're eager to get on the field or begin a run or other activity in a Chula Vista park. Unfortunately, if you don't warm up, your risk of injury rises. Stretching exercises improve flexibility and also increase blood flow to your muscles, which can reduce the risk of muscle strains and pulls. Warm up for at least 10 minutes before starting more vigorous activity.

Wear supportive shoes

It's easier to turn your ankle and fall if your shoes don't provide adequate support for your feet and ankles. When you only play a sport occasionally, it may be fine to replace your shoes once or twice a year. If you frequently, run, walk or compete in sports, you may need to buy new shoes at least every three months.

Improve muscle strength

Performing weight bearing exercises when you're off the field may reduce your risk of injuries during a game or athletic activity. Strong muscles improve joint stability and help you keep your balance.

Wear protective gear

Helmets, pads, goggles, mouthguards and other protective gear provide valuable protection for athletes. Don't enter the game or begin your activity unless you're wearing the appropriate gear.

Stop if you're in pain

Following the outdated "no pain, no gain" rule can lead to serious injury. Pain is a sign that something is wrong. If you continue to play despite the pain, your injury may worsen or you may begin to experience chronic pain.

Don't overdo it

If you want to get better at a sport, it only makes sense to work as hard as you can. Although dedication is important, you may injure yourself if you suddenly begin practicing longer or harder than usual. If you want to increase the length or intensity of your usual workout, gradual changes are best.

Chiropractic treatment can help you heal and return to the field if you experience sports injuries. Call our Chula Vista, CA, chiropractor, Dr. Wachs, at (619) 427-4747 to schedule an appointment.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
March 22, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Though exercise and athletic activity is recommended for good health, it also comes with some risks. Many athletes (both adults and sports injurieschildren) unfortunately suffer injuries while playing sports or engaging in strenuous exercise. Prompt treatment is the best way to get back on the field or court, and that help is available at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA. Discover the benefits of getting chiropractic care for sports injuries.

About Sports Injuries
When you're competing in an athletic activity, whether it's an individual sport like running or pole vaulting, or a team sport like football or basketball, there is always a risk of injury. Here are some of the most common sports injuries that chiropractors see:

- fractured ankles or knees
- tennis elbow
- back pains and sprains
- neck pain
- cervical spine injuries
- muscle strains and pains
- injuries to ligaments and tendons
- stress fractures

Getting Help from a Chiropractor
The chiropractic team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista specializes in helping athletes and enthusiasts with their sports injuries. They offer a number of helpful treatments, including spinal rehabilitation, injury specific therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education; post-injury medical relaxation techniques, massage therapy, hot/cold therapy, and advanced (LLLT) laser therapy. 

Sports Injury Treatment Process and Injury Prevention
Your case is unique and will come with a special plan created by your chiropractor. Your doctor will evaluate your medical history and any history of previous sports injuries to discover what is the best course of treatment. You’ll also be asked questions about the source of your pain and how the injury occurred. X-rays and MRI tests will be taken to give your doctor a more comprehensive view of the issue. During and after treatment, it’s important that you follow doctor’s instructions and get the rest you need to full heal before participating in sports. Talk to your chiropractor about how to prevent re-injury, such as wearing a back brace.

Visit Your Chiropractor's Office
The chiropractic team at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center are committed to helping athletes get back on the playing field after sports injuries. Call (619) 427-4747 today to set a date and time for an initial exam with Dr. Steven Wachs at his Chula Vista, CA office.

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!