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For over 20 years, our Henderson chiropractor Dr. Derek T. Day has been helping people recover from injuries sustained during auto accidents. He relies on his extensive clinical experience, advanced training, and innovative technology to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services that can make a world of difference for his patients.
Interestingly, one of the most common types of auto accident injury he sees in his Henderson and Las Vegas area patients is pain and dysfunction related to seat belts. Read on to learn more about how this important piece of machinery can actually lead to injury, and how Dr. Day treats and resolves this dysfunction.
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!
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 Henderson 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:
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 drug-free and 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 wellbeing.
Seat belts save lives, and it's important that every person in your vehicle is wearing one at all times. If you've been involved in a car accident and are looking for long-lasting, natural, non-invasive, and drug-free relief from your symptoms, call our Las Vegas and Henderson chiropractor, Dr. Derek T. Day, of Anthem Chiropractic at 702-614-6777.
"I have had back problems and had 2 surgeries and wanting a 3rd. Dr. Day provided a multidisciplinary plan that included chiropractic therapies and pain management. Pain management provided some immediate relief but I had residual pain in my right leg. Steroid injections failed. Dr Day recommended decompression table therapy and from the 1st session my leg pain was relieved. I continue with the decompression table therapy to ensure pain relief and to keep surgery at bay. Thank you Dr. Day!"
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