Seat Belt Injuries
Fort Collins Car Seat Belt Injury Relief
Seatbelts have saved countless lives during major auto accidents. Over the years, the design of seatbelts have been modified and improved, but the purpose of seatbelts have not changed; they are intended to keep drivers and occupants in place to prevent a physical collision with the interior of the car.
When a collision occurs, the force of impact against another car or object may stop the vehicle itself, but the body remains moving at the previous speed. This results in a dangerous situation in which passengers my come in violent contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. The seatbelt is instrumental in holding occupants in place and minimizing potential for injury.
While seatbelts save lives, they can also be the cause of certain auto accident injuries, even when they are fastened and funcitoning properly. After the collision, though seatbelts may have prevented more serious injuries, they can also be the cause of acute pain in the neck, shoulders, chest, abdomen, and back.
Shoulder injuries, in particular, are usually the result of the shoulder strap in which the jerking motion of the accident leads to pain in that area. The chest can also suffer damage from seatbelts. Chest pain may be a warning sign of more serious injuries such as broken ribs or a fractured sternum.
The use of lap belts can cause trauma to the spine (particularly the lumbar spine, or low back), which can lead to various symptoms in different areas of the body. Sciatica is one such condition which can result from this same trauma to the lumbar area. Some patients may have muscle weakness and numbness and/or tingling. Additional, serious conditions that may be caused from seatbelt trauma include herniated discs, bulging discs, and muscle pain.
Although lifesaving, the seat belt causes misaligned ribs and vertebrae which in turn pinch and pull the nerves which are connected to these affected areas. The result is pain. Why go untreated after an automobile accident? Pain does not have to become a way of life after an accident. If you’re involved in an accident, whether it occurs on the job or on the road, contact our office for a complete post accident examination. It could save you from having to say, “….it’s never been the same after the accident.”
Call or contact us today to set an appointment with our Doctor to begin your evaluation for seat belt injuries.