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Helpful Tips for Preventing Whiplash
May 28, 2013

Rear end car crashes are extremely common in the United States, but many vehicles do not have adequate protection to prevent the whiplash injuries that often result from these accidents.

Whiplash often refers to a rapid snapping of an individual’s head in the case of a collision. This hyperextends the neck and it can result in damages to the ligaments and nerves.

Chronic symptoms can also occur, such as lack of mobility and persistent pain, and often these symptoms result in need for Conyers whiplash treatment. However, some ways to prevent whiplash are available, and some of the most common are outlined below.

• Buy the right car: Choose a car that has a high rear-crash rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety can provide front-seat ratings, and the Consumer Report can provide you with information on vehicle road tests and evaluations of head restraints.

• Adjust your head restraint: The top of your head restraint should reach the top portion of your ears or higher, and it should sit closely to your head.

• Wear your seat belt: Besides being required by law, wearing your seat belt is essential in preventing whiplash. This is because it will help you to remain in position in the event of a car accident.

• Don’t Tailgate: Make sure you leave plenty of room between you and the car in front of you. If that car were to stop suddenly you would want to have plenty of room to stop before hitting the vehicle. Slamming on your brakes could also surprise the car behind you, resulting in an accident.

• Sit Up Straight: Maintaining good posture is essential in preventing whiplash. Poor posture can result in you leaning to a particular side during a crash, and the head restraint will not be able to support your head and neck.
If you were recently injured in an accident, visit a chiropractor today! Your Conyers chiropractors will diagnose and help you recover from whiplash injuries.