This video covers how Whiplash injuries occur and how you can adjust head restraints (commonly called a “head rest”) to reduce the chance of neck injury in a car accident.
Experts estimate that we spend $29 billion in the US per year in treating the pain and disability from whiplash caused by rear-end collision. However, there are steps you can take to minimize injuries caused in these auto accidents.
Numerous studies have shown that most people have an improperly adjusted head restraint. The key to good head restraint positioning is to eliminate or reduce the amount of space that your head can move. By doing that, it reduces the strain put on your neck.
Your head restraint needs to be placed so that the back of your head is level with the middle of the restraint, and your seat needs to be positioned so that your head is very close. You want to have a maximum of 2.5 inches between your head and the restraint.
And while car crashes are often out of your control, you can reduce the chance of neck injury during a rear-end collision by taking these steps to properly adjust your head restraint. For more information or to schedule your first appointment, give us a call at (503) 766-4881.
References: Freeman MD, et al. A review and methodologic critique of the literature refuting whiplash syndrome. Spine 1999; 24 (1): 86-96.i: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182814ed5.
Prevent Injury, Adjust your Headrest. CAA South Central Ontario. http://www.caasco.com/insurance/auto-vehicle-insurance/adjust-your-headrest.jsp.