Seat Belt Injuries

Interestingly, even though seat belt and airbags save lives, both can actually cause physical injury. One of the most common types of auto accident injury he sees in his Deltona, Florida area patients is pain and dysfunction related to seat belts and airbags. Read on to learn more about how this important piece of machinery can actually lead to injury, and how our chiropractors treat and resolve this dysfunction.

Can Seat Belts Really Cause Auto Accident injury?

Unfortunately, yes–but you can minimize this risk by ensuring that you and every person in your car is wearing your seat belt properly.

The main mechanism of injury from an auto accident is the rapid acceleration-deceleration that occurs as a traveling car suddenly stops, swerves, or is struck (typically from the back, front, or side). We know that Newton’s first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, and since physics tell us that everything inside the car had been also been in motion just prior to the accident, drivers and passengers won’t stop moving until something stops them. This explains why bags and other loose items will slide off a seat if you slam on the brakes or if you take a sharp turn. Equally, this explains why it’s so important to wear a seat belt, because otherwise an unrestrained driver or passenger could be ejected from a car during an auto accident–which can be seriously life-threatening and in many cases fatal.

So, despite the unavoidable risk of potential injury caused by your seat belt doing it’s job to restrain you during an auto accident, this is far better than the avoidable risk of serious injury or even death caused by not wearing your seat belt at all. Bottom line: buckle up!

Our Chiropractor Treats Auto Accident Injury Caused By Seat Belts in the Deltona, Florida Areas

It’s important to understand that the powerful acceleration-deceleration force is sometimes unavoidable in even minor car accidents. For this reason, even a properly-worn seat belt can still cause injury in the neck, shoulder, back, or spine of the restrained driver or passenger. Of course, our Deltona, Florida chiropractic team certainly feels that this is a small price to pay for saving your and your loved ones’ lives. Dr. Day offers a variety of chiropractic care services to address and resolve the most common auto accident injuries (such as whiplash, joint subluxation, muscle strain, and ligament sprain), including:
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Shoulder/Core Strengthening Exercises
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Postural Re-Training
Dr. Day fully customizes each patient’s treatment plan in order to most effectively address symptoms and underlying factors contributing to injury. He achieves this through the use of non-invasive methods to reduce pain and inflammation, restore normal spinal alignment, relieve pressure on spinal nerves, promote tissue healing, increase muscle strength, restore postural balance, and maximize the person’s overall health and well-being.
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