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Car Accident in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood or
Sloan’s Lake Area?

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Were you recently involved in a car accident in Aurora, Denver or Lakewood? Read about the physics involved and how the neck is injured. This will give you a good understanding of car accidents and make you look smart!

During a rear-end motor vehicle collision (MVC), the vehicle that is struck from behind will quickly accelerate forward. As the car moves forward, so do the seats, including the passengers and anything else inside. As the seats moves forward, so do the passengers. This is the Law of Inertia hard at work.

However, the head of the passengers in the seat will not move forward at the same time because the head has a separate inertia than the trunk of the body. This is because of the differences in mass between the head and the trunk. As the vehicle, the seat, and the trunk move forward from the collision, the head remains at rest, julting the neck back. The result is injury to the soft tissues around the vertebrae of the cervical spine.

NOTE, the neck does not really have to hit anything to sustain an inertial injury, similar to that seen in shaken baby syndrome. This injury involves no contact- the injury is inertial in nature.

Much of the rear-end collision inertial injury can be avoided or minimized if the vehicle has an adequate head restraint (head rest). With a good head restraint, the vehicle, seat, passenger trunk, passenger neck, and passenger head, will move forward together, eliminating or reducing inertial stress and inertial injury to the cervical spine.

If you live in Denver, Aurora or Lakewood, make sure to raise your head restraint up to the top of your head to minimize injuries. Thank you for reading this far and call our office today if you have been injured in a car accident. We are here to help!

Chiropractor Denver CO Conrad BuiWatching your back,

Dr Conrad Bui, DC, ND
Auto Collision Injury Certified

Disclaimer: This short article is not intended to treat or diagnose any conditions. Please consult a licensed health care practitioner with any concerns.

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