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How Seat Belt Injuries Can Affect the Neck and Spine, and Its Connection To Whiplash

Jun 2

When you hear the term "whiplash," from a chiropractic clinic, what comes to mind? Do you think the injury was caused by a car collision or a seat belt? Or do you consider whiplash to be merely a common side effect of vehicle accidents? If you're still not convinced, whiplash is a serious condition that can cause significant damage and harm if left untreated.


Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden, violent back and forth motion of the neck. By pushing your musculoskeletal system out of alignment, whiplash injures your bones, discs, soft tissues, and nerves. Rear-end collisions, in which one vehicle collides with the back of another, are the most common cause of whiplash. On the other side, any mishap involving any type of impact could be hazardous and result in bodily injury.


Seat belts can save lives in many situations, but they are also one of the major causes of whiplash injuries. As you may know, the purpose of a seat belt is to keep you safe in the case of a sudden movement in the vehicle, such as a collision. Even though you are not expelled from the vehicle, you are forcibly thrown against the seat belt.


Because the seat belt simply runs across your chest and abdomen, it does not protect your head or neck. Because the bottom half of your body is strapped to the seat, when another automobile slams into yours, your head and neck can jolt forward and backward more forcefully, potentially causing neck and spine misalignment.


Of course, we are not advising you not to buckle up. They're life-saving technologies that prevent you from being flung out of your seat or even out of the vehicle. So we're getting at that. However, while seat belts can save your life, they can cause whiplash, misalignment, and tissue damage, leading to serious harm. So regardless of how little or severe you believe your accident was, you should see a chiropractor right once for an evaluation.


Whiplash symptoms may include:


- Aching or pain in the shoulders, back, neck, or arms

- Dizziness

- Fatigue

- Headaches

- Jaw pain or stiffness

- Numbness or tingling in the arms and hands

- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

- Sleep disturbance


What Effects Do Seat Belt Injuries Have on the Body?


Seat belt injuries can cause injury to the areas they cover and whiplash and misalignment. Additional seat belt injuries include rib, shoulder, spine, and abdomen pressure injuries. The seat belt's restraining power, along with the friction of abrupt movement, can cause rib and abdomen fractures, as well as cuts and bruises to the upper body. Tendons, Soft tissues or ligaments in the shoulder or abdomen might be ripped, causing discomfort that should be treated by a chiropractor as soon as possible.


Considering a Chiropractor's Services


You might be asking why you should go to a chiropractor first if you fear you've been harmed by a seat belt or are experiencing any of these symptoms. Chiropractors are the industry leaders in musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries. They know how to reposition your body in the safest way possible. It's also crucial to keep your body aligned so that all of your systems function properly.


They're also taught to spot the most common injuries caused by automobile accidents and how to treat them in the most up-to-date and effective manner feasible. A chiropractor can perform a comprehensive examination and may even identify problems that you aren't aware of. This can save you time, money, and aggravation. You don't have to live with the consequences of your car accident any longer. These are curable injuries that must be handled!


One of the most important reasons to consult a chiropractor for whiplash or seat belt-related problems is that they will treat you without using any medications. Our doctors and staff at Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights will put together a comprehensive and tailored plan of hands-on treatment and rehabilitation activities that will aid in the safe and holistic healing of your injuries.


Allowing someone to write you a prescription to mask symptoms for something that can and should be treated organically is not a good idea. The goal of our doctors is always to get to the root of the problem. Our combination of chiropractic and rehabilitative exercise method is more efficient and effective than either strategy alone. We've helped over 100,000 people live pain-free lives so far in the Houston area.


Get Treated at Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights


At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights, we strive to return you to total health as quickly as possible. Our doctors will not only give therapy to help you feel better, but we also have a dedicated team that will work with you and your insurer to make sure you get the most out of your benefits so you can get relief for the least amount of money possible. So make an appointment to visit us right away if you're ready to be free of the pain caused by your car accident.