What Patients Need to Know About Seatbelt Injuries

Wearing a seatbelt dramatically increases your chances of surviving a car accident, but unfortunately, the seatbelt itself can also lead to injuries. The benefits of wearing a seatbelt far outweigh any risk of injury from the belt, but your auto accident chiropractor in San Jose may need to treat you for some of the symptoms you are experiencing because of a seatbelt issue. If you were in a car accident, here is what you need to know about seatbelt injuries. seatbelt - injuries

What kind of injuries do seatbelts cause?

Seatbelt injuries occur when the force of the collision and the restraining force of the seatbelt clash. In most cases, the injuries are relatively minor and include things like scrapes, bruises and lacerations. The force can also cause injuries to the neck, shoulders, abdomen, and spine. In very severe cases, seatbelt injuries can lead to internal bleeding, fractures, and dislocations, but these instances are rare and typically only occur in the most serious accidents.

What should I do if I have a seatbelt injury?

After a car accident, it is also a good idea to see a chiropractor, even if you don’t have any indication that you are injured. In some cases, the symptoms caused by accident injuries don’t appear right away, so your chiropractor can diagnose them and begin treatment before you even know you have an issue. For seatbelt injuries, your chiropractor will tailor your treatment to your specific injury. For instance, if you are experiencing shoulder pain, he or she will focus on restoring alignment to the spine in that region. The benefit of getting chiropractic care for seatbelt injury is that you can get help with pain management without medication.

Can I prevent seatbelt injuries?

It isn’t possible to completely prevent seatbelt injuries, but there are things you can do to reduce your chances of having one. Be sure your shoulder belt goes across the middle of your chest, away from our neck, and that the lap belt fits snugly across the hips. The belt shouldn’t be so tight that it causes discomfort or so loose that you can move around in your seat.

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