Are you a motorcycle rider? If you are, then you know it is inherently risky. There are many challenges that a rider faces – other drivers, changing weather conditions, and poor road conditions are just a few. Unfortunately, many of these challenges are out of the rider’s control, and even the most safety-conscious rider is at risk for being hit by another vehicle, run off the road, or thrown violently from his or her bike. When a motorcycle crash occurs, immediate life-threatening injuries are always a possibility, but more than half of all motorcycle accidents are non-fatal. According to the CDC, about 175,000 motorcyclists are given care for non-fatal accidents each year, and more than half of their injuries involve the head, neck, and back.
Some motorcycle accident victims experience symptoms immediately after an accident. Others won’t have symptoms until up to two weeks after the accident, and often times they don’t even realize their symptoms are a direct result of the accident. Most people understand how a high-speed crash, in which their body slams against another object, can cause something in their spine to “slip out of place” (these “slips” are called subluxations) and cause impaired function of the body. However, the slower-speed accidents often cause as much long-term damage as high-speed accidents. When a rider’s spine or extremity joints are jarred in an accident, no matter how slow or insignificant it may seem, it causes biomechanical changes to those joints. Over time, if the spine and joints are not adjusted and biomechanical changes are left uncared for, they will lead to degenerative joint changes and nerve damage which can lead to serious suffering.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY
It is very important to be checked by a chiropractor for subluxations and misalignments of the spine and extremities as soon as possible after an accident. The longer you wait to be checked, the longer it will take to get your body functioning well again.
Symptoms are often the last sign of a problem in the body. If you get checked before your symptoms appear, you may never feel them at all, and the long-term function of your body and your nervous system is less compromised. If you are a rider, it is vital that you have your spine checked regularly to make sure these forces are not taking a damaging toll on your spine and your health. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident or rides regularly, please call our office and get checked for any hidden problems before they begin to take a toll on your health.