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Posts for tag: Whiplash

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
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
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
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
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!