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Posts for tag: Whiplash

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!

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
April 23, 2018
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Whiplash  

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries reported by victims of serious automobile accidents. Symptoms sometimes take a long timewhiplash to show up, which is why it’s important to stay in touch with chiropractor Dr. Stephen Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA after your incident. These are some of the questions frequently asked by patients who believe they may have experience whiplash, also called Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration.

How Does Whiplash Happen?
Whiplash is a common problem for drivers who are hit from the rear, but can also happen from falling off a bicycle or being hit unexpectedly in contact sports. The injury is caused by the head jerking backward then forward due to some type of strong impact. The neck isn’t supposed to sustain that type of movement—especially so quickly. 

What Are the Effects of Whiplash?
A whiplash victim may experience both short and long-term effects after this type of injury. Here are some of the symptoms to check for and discuss with your Chula Vista chiropractor:

- Pain in the neck.
- Chronic shoulder pain and tenderness.
- Stiffness that makes it difficult to turn or lift the head.
- Headaches.
- Tingling sensation in the arms.

Can Whiplash Be Treated?
Chiropractors offer a number of treatment options for cases of whiplash. The exact course of treatment depends on various factors, such as the severity of pain and any related injuries. Chiropractic adjustments help, as does massage therapy and neck exercises. Ultrasound therapy and muscle stimulation might also be recommended. Many mild cases of whiplash heal after about six months with chiropractic therapy, but in some cases, the patient could struggle with pain for multiple years. 

Get Urgent Treatment for Whiplash
It’s best to see a chiropractor as soon as you start to notice symptoms of whiplash because it can affect your quality of life in a number of ways. Call (619) 427-4747 today to schedule an exam with Dr. Steven Wachs at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center in Chula Vista, CA.

By Wachs Chiropractic Health Center
July 21, 2017
Category: Chiropractor
Tags: Whiplash  

Experiencing pain in the neck and shoulder areas following an accident or injury is a sign of possible whiplash. Whiplash injuries occur whiplashwhen the head and neck are thrust in a particular direction with extensive force, then whipped back in the opposite direction. The whipping motion can damage spinal vertebrae, ligaments, discs, muscles, joints, and tendons. In Chula Vista, CA, whiplash treatment is available at Wachs Chiropractic Health Center under the care of Dr. Steven Wachs.

Signs of Whiplash Injury

Following a whiplash injury, symptoms are not always readily apparent for several days. It can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours for whiplash symptoms to be felt. However, even when pain is not experienced for several days, the injury can still be quite serious. Treatment is important to realign the spine following a whiplash injury. See a chiropractor in Chula Vista for whiplash treatment. Signs of whiplash injury include:

  • Pain in the neck area
  • Pain in the shoulder area
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Stiff neck
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Difficulty focusing

Whiplash Treatments

The pain, discomfort, and damage resulting from whiplash injuries can be treated and healed through a variety of treatments and techniques here in Chula Vista. One option is to use anti-inflammatory medications, which can ease the pain and discomfort associated with a whiplash injury. Physical therapy can realign the spine and heal spinal damage caused by whiplash. Physical therapy techniques that are particularly helpful in healing whiplash injuries include:

  • Applying heat to the injury
  • Gentle stretching
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Special exercises for strengthening the neck and back

If you are experiencing any of the signs of whiplash, see a chiropractor for treatment. There are various physical therapy techniques for healing the different types of spinal damage that can occur following a whiplash injury. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wachs, contact the Wachs Chiropractic Health Center by calling (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!