You are doing all the right things. You bought a car with airbags and you wear your seatbelt every time you go out. So, you shouldn't get hurt in an accident, right? In a perfect world, yes, but then in a perfect world there wouldn't be accidents. Airbags and seatbelts are designed to protect you in an accident, but there are still some injuries that can occur due to their use. Bruises and cuts, internal injuries, as well as spinal injuries can happen due to airbags and/or seatbelts. Getting checked out at the hospital to eliminate internal injuries is important, but nothing can replace a good chiropractic exam. Bolz Chiropractic in Topeka is an auto injury chiropractor, and we can help you get relief from your car accident pain.
Types of Injuries
- Airbags are life-saving. They protect the head and chest from being injured. Upon impact, a rubber-lined, nylon bag will inflate, creating a cushion between the chest/head area and the steering wheel/dashboard/windshield area. However, there can be repercussions that may not be realized until weeks later. Anytime you are in a car accident your body is twisted and turned in unhealthy ways. Spine injuries can cause numbness, tingling, headaches, and more for years after a spinal or soft tissue injury. Left undetected this can cause pain and affect many other parts of the body. Oftentimes, hospitals will not detect a soft tissue injury, so getting checked out by an auto injury chiropractor is a good idea.
- Seatbelts are constructed as 3-point harnesses that locks in place to protect the body from being thrown out of the car. They are another life-saving part of your vehicle. Conversely, the act of being held in place as momentum works against the seatbelt, can cause spinal twisting, impact alignment, and tear muscles in the body. Just like airbag injuries, these problems may not be apparent at the time of the accident and might not be caught during a hospital visit.