Spinal injuries are commonly diagnosed in people whoâ€™ve experienced an automobile accident. In fact, auto accidents are the leading cause for spinal injuries on the thoracic, or mid back, and the lumbar, or lower back, regions of the spine.
In a research conducted between 1996 and 2011, the records of 4,572 individuals entered into the Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network database were studied by doctors. The people experienced from moderate to severe auto accident injuries but they all shared one common factor.
The research compared the injury outcomes of people who were using a two-point belted seatbelt versus a three-point belted seatbelt at the time of the automobile accident. With people using the three-point seat belts, these protected them against neurological injury, fatality, and further complications but those wearing this type of seat belt were more than three times more likely to sustain spine fractures than those wearing the two-point seat belts. With people using the two-point seat belts, flexion-distraction injuries were most common. However, people who werenâ€™t wearing a seat belt at the time of the auto accident had a higher risk of suffering spinal fractures in the thoracic and lumbar regions as well as dislocations.
Automobile accidents often result in injury that can cause symptoms of neck and back pain but, wearing a seatbelt at the time of accident can greatly decrease the chance of serious spinal injuries. A study shows that using three-point seat belts and two-point seat belts can make a difference during an auto accident. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.Â
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