Whiplash is one of the most common injuries resulting from auto accidents in the world. In the United States alone whiplash treatment costs $29,000,000,000 yearly. Often the result of a rear-end collision whiplash is incredibly painful and may take years to fully recover from. Patients report flare-ups of pain even years after the incident that caused it.
How to Help Prevent Whiplash
Though the head restraints in your cars are adjustable it’s one feature that many times go ignored and unused. It has been estimated that only 10% of drivers properly adjust their seat head restraint. This goes for the adjustable-height seat belt as well. When strapped closely over your chest in the correct position it will also help prevent injury.
How Whiplash Occurs
Whiplash occurs when a rear impact happens. The force of the crash causes your body and torso to move forward while the head moves backward, then bouncing off of the head restraint and lunging forward again. This takes the weight of your head and multiplies it by the force of the impact during the crash stretching and pulling ligaments and tendons in your neck with no warning.
How to Properly Adjust Your Head Rest
When adjusting your headrest the idea position will limit the range of motion should a crash occur. limiting the backward range of motion is what can limit the occurrence of whiplash.
We can’t control anyone else’s behavior or driving habits on the road, but we can control our space and protective areas. Know your car’s crash rating and make sure you are in a safe vehicle that is well maintained.
If you have already been involved in an accident, please seek medical help right away. The sooner you are able to see your chiropractor the better. In Florida, the law limits the amount of time you have to initiate a medical claim to just 14 days.
Chiropractor in Ft Myers, FL
Chiropractic care is a safe, alternative treatment when applied appropriately. Chiropractic treatments help in dealing with the symptoms of many conditions. Are you going to wait for your symptoms to be felt, or are you going to prevent it as soon as possible?
Dr. Jason B. Kaster, of Kaster Chiropractic and Associates in Fort Myers, can help you and your family achieve their optimal health.