BACK PAIN sufferers find fast, effective, lasting relief without surgery or drugs
If you live in Fleetwood and are suffering with nagging chronic or acute pain or stiffness in the neck, upper, or lower back, you've come to the right place.
It may surprise you to learn that back pain affects some 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. So you're not alone. The causes range from genetic issues to injury, to disease and stress, but all back pain sufferers share one thing in common, they want relief and they want it NOW!
For many, that relief is only a phone call away. Link Chiropractic Clinic focuses on the treatment of back pain regardless of its cause.
MOST back pain symptoms can be treated naturally without risky surgeries or dangerous drugs by working with your body's innate healing powers.
Dr. Thomas B. Wachtmann, DC
Dr. Thomas Wachtmann is proficient in a wide variety of Chiropractic adjusting techniques. He treats each patient individually and finds the right combination that works for them.
Dr. Wachtmann practices Functional Diagnostic Medicine which focuses on finding and treating the cause of many disorders and diseases rather than just suppressing symptoms like many other treatments do.
In addition to traditional Chiropractic care, Dr. Wachtmann offers metabolic and neurological treatments which help many chronic disorders and diseases. These include but are not limited to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease, Fibromyalgia, Hot flashes, Hormonal imbalances, Vertigo/Dizziness, Digestive disturbances, Insomnia, Migraine headaches, Stress, Balance disorders and the list goes on. He also utilizes whole food nutritional supplementation, detoxification protocols, oxygen therapy, brain based therapies and non-surgical spinal decompression.
Dr. Wachtmann has over years 24 years of experience working with newborns to the elderly, professional athletes (The Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies), professional musicians, other health care providers and was the team physician for his local Semi-Professional football team (The Lehigh Valley Steelers) for three years and they won the championship all three years.
Dr. Wachtmann chose to be a Chiropractor because it is holistically oriented and focuses on fixing problems, NOT simply masking symptoms. Chiropractic is a huge pathway toward health and wellness. It is true, "health care," not "sickness care." One of the keys to being truly healthy is to maintain your health and not wait until it fails before you do something about it. Dr. Wachtmann finds helping patients with their current health challenges and educating them toward a healthier and better future to be extremely satisfying.
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Lock Haven University – Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Awards for Clinical Excellence and Knowledge:
Award for outstanding clinical excellence at Palmer College of Chiropractic
Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association
Oley Valley Business Association
Flying Aces Airplane Club
Because the muscles, ligaments, bones, discs and nerves that comprise your spinal column are so interconnected, it's often difficult to determine without a comprehensive exam and X-rays, exactly what the cause of your pain may be.
Also, an injury or stress in one area, can lead to additional problems in a kind of "domino effect." For instance, a simple muscle strain may cause you to compensate by carrying your weight differently which can lead to an overall imbalance in the spine or strain on different muscles creating additional problems.
Here are a few of the most common causes of back pain:
Injury or overuse: If you've been injured in an auto, work, or recreational accident, get help at once . Since injury can affect muscles, ligaments, bones or discs around the spine, it's important that you get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan (if required) before the dominos begin to fall.
Repetitive motion and overuse of muscles and joints due to excessive bending, lifting, or other unusual exercise can also cause damage, injury or pain. These symptoms may disappear in time, but if structural damage has occurred, they or other seemingly unrelated symptoms could flare up later. A spinal exam or assessment is recommended
Nerve Pressure or Damage: Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal can be caused in a variety of ways; from injury or overuse as mentioned above or from disease or degeneration as follows:
Emotional and Physical Stress: Stress in life can cause muscle tension and set off a vicious cycle of pain. As muscles contract, fatigue can cause muscle aches or pain. Pain and discomfort can lead to sleeplessness with its associated problems such as irritability, depression, and reduced immune function. And so the problems perpetuate.
Complimentary Consult! Back Pain Relief Assessment
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Common treatments of upper and lower back pain include everything from bed rest to surgery. REMEMBER: Pain is NOT the natural state of the body, nor is it a "normal" side effect of aging. Pain is the body's way of telling you something is wrong! The best solution is to identify the cause of your pain and correct it-not simply mask the symptoms.
Any of the following treatments can be effective, but most have associated risks of which you should be aware. For this reason it is best to consult with a trusted healthcare practitioner, especially if pain is severe or prolonged.
However sensible getting off your back may seem, studies show that bed rest is NOT superior to remaining (conservatively) active to treat a low back injury. In fact, prolonged bed rest can actually lead to increased stiffness and pain and a reduced ability to function. Periodic short rests can be helpful and your healthcare provider may advise a reduction of normal activity.
Immediately after an injury, ice your back for about 15 minutes at least 3 to 4 times a day to reduce or prevent inflammation and swelling. After 2 to 3 days, if symptoms persist, use a heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. Then, if pain continues, see a healthcare professional.
Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen (i.e. Tylenol) or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS (i.e. ibuprofen) may be helpful for temporary relief, but are NOT advisable for chronic pain or long term use. Tylenol has recently been linked to liver disease and ibuprofen to bleeding ulcers. Doctors often prescribe stronger drugs for pain, but of course, these have other risky side effects including mental or physical impairment, behavioral effects, and addiction. Extreme caution should be used when undergoing any chemical therapy for pain.
Most back pain problems can be treated effectively without costly and risky surgeries. In fact, one recent study shows that up to 40% of back surgery patients report a DIS-satisfactory result within 4 years of treatment. For this reason, other more natural, less invasive treatments should be explored or exhausted before choosing surgical intervention.
Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that operates on the premise that the body is designed to heal itself. Chiropractors actually have more training than a traditional general or family care physician. Chiropractors use gentle spinal adjustments to correct spinal misalignment and relieve pressure on sensitive nerves. They often combine this form of treatment with other non-invasive modalities such as muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, and physical therapy to relieve symptoms and rebuild core strength and maintain permanent correction. The chiropractor's goal is always to correct the problem, not simply hide the symptoms.
*"I came in with a lot of pain in my lower back, neck, and down my left arm. Family doctor told me the pain in my arm was my lunar nerve and it originated in my upper back and neck. Since coming in to Dr. Tom, most of my pain has been relieved and my range of motion has increased in my neck and shoulder. I am very pleased with my progress as is my family doctor."
*"I’ve been to 3 Chiropractors in my life. Dr. Thomas is the best in my book. Dr. Thomas has my neck and back feeling great. Dr. Thomas is the best Chiropractor I’ve seen in my life."
*"What symptoms did you come to this office for? Severe lower back pain and minimum mobility
What changes have you noticed since you started treatment? Less pain and more mobility over time
How has your service been in our office? Excellent
What do you like best about coming to Link? One on one Dr. patient communication and treatment tailored to the individual needs.
Success story? Through Link, mobility and pain has gone from severe to minimal if any."
*"What symptoms did you come to this office for? Sciatica (right side) was severe.
What changes have you noticed since you started treatment? Minimal pain
How has your service been in our office? Excellent, I’m not kidding!
What do you like best about coming to Link? Manipulations and friendliest atmosphere"
*"I was in a bad phase when I came. I’m very happy to come to Dr. Wachtmann who helps me to get inshape. I’ve told other people about this place."
*"I am athletic and full of arthritis from previous sports injuries. Dr. Wachtmann gives me great adjustments including my hands and feet! At age 55 I am able to run, jump, swim, and bike like I did 20 years ago! Dr. Wachtmann also has expert knowledge of common health elements and is able to offer simple, non-drug solutions!"
*"After only one treatment I felt great. My neck and shoulders are still good. Lower back is just starting to hurt after more than 2 weeks. I’m amazed. I think continued adjustments will make a significant difference in the way I feel."
*"When I came here the first time I couldn’t turn my head. I was in so much pain I didn’t know what to do. My doctor said I needed surgery, but I wanted a 2nd opinion. After a couple of adjustments I felt like my old self again. I ride my bike 20 miles once a week, play with my son, and I didn’t have to miss work, all thanks to Dr. Tom."
*"Prior to being treated here I had issues with my back that would keep me in pain constantly. I had trouble sitting or standing for extended periods of time, even holding my baby daughter for 10-15 minutes without experiencing pain in my back. Now after only a couple of months my pain is nonexistent and I have more flexibility. I’m glad I found Dr. Tom and came to him for treatment."
*"I have been coming to Dr. Tom for over a year and I have made a drastic improvement from his therapy. I would highly recommend coming here."
*"Thank you for a great experience for my first visits to a Chiropractor. After one visit I already felt a difference. Dr. Wachtmann walked me through what he was doing and why and made me feel at ease. After only 3 appointments my back is feeling back to normal. Thank you again!"
*"I love to play goalie in ice hockey. An injury was so painful that I had to stop playing this game for two years. I had MRIs done and saw sports injury doctors. No one could help me recover. Then I had my first ever Chiropractic visit with Dr. Wachtmann. He noticed immediately that my hips were counter-rotated. After six weeks of adjustments, my chronic pain went away completely. I now play hockey every week, pain free. And, I get adjusted every month!"
*"When I first came in the pain was so bad I was waking up every 2 hours in pain in my neck and head. I was taking 4 acetaminophen at every time the pain hit. Pain would hit while on the road and I would have to stop till pain subsided.
I now have a 100% turn around. I have no pain and I sleep all night. I’m now on time for work and able to work longer hours pain free."
DF, truck driver
*"The reason for coming to the office was to receive Low level Laser Therapy by Dr. Tom Wachtmann for my low back pain. The pain in my back (tightness) has diminished and my energy level has increased. Without laser treatments, the pain in my back would have continued. In a year from now, I expect greater relief from my back pain. I have spoken to family and friends stating the improvement in my low back by being treated with the laser therapy"
*"The last couple of years, I’ve been having problems with the thoracic area of my spine. I’m a patient of Dr. Tom Wachtmann and he told me about the Cold Laser Therapy that he does, and I decided to try it. After 5 treatments, I started noticing how much better I felt. I’ve gotten more mobility and almost no discomfort. I highly recommend the procedure."
*"I have suffered with a herniated disc for years until Dr. Tom put me on the computerized non-surgical decompression table. There was some immediate relief, but after several treatments, the chronic pain that I had been dealing with went away. Now I am doing the maintenance chiropractic care and have a much better all over healthy life."
Local and Toll Free: (877) 252-0248
3130 Pricetown Rd., Suite H, Fleetwood, PA 19522
All visits are scheduled by appointment only.