Motorcycle accidents are very different from car accidents because of how exposed a rider is during a crash. Motorcycles lack the protective elements of a motor vehicle, which increases the risk of injury. Florida’s helmet law also mandates that only riders under the age of 21 must be riding with a helmet. When a motorcyclist decides not to wear a helmet, they are also increasing their risk of serious trauma.
Even if a rider is experienced and wearing all the best safety gear, the risk of injury is still much higher than it would be in a traditional vehicle. A chiropractor can help motorcyclists get back on the bike as soon as possible with a customized treatment plan. Some of the most common motorcycle accident injuries chiropractors treat are listed below.
Leg or Foot Injury
Injuries to the legs or feet, such as sprains and strains, road rash, and fracture, are common during a motorcycle wreck. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s study on non-fatal motorcycle injuries, the injuries to the legs and feet were most common.
The spine and muscles are prone to injury in the event of a crash. Motorcyclists may suffer a fracture, herniated or slipped disc, spinal misalignment, and more. Our ChiroCare of Florida doctors use various chiropractic treatments to help with your back pain and injuries.
Rider’s arm is an injury that is specific to motorcycle riders. The injury occurs when a motorcyclist instinctively draws their hand out in front of them in an attempt to lessen the impact. Unfortunately, this means the impact will damage the rider’s shoulder, arm, and hand. Chiropractic treatment can help increase mobility, strength, and range of motion after this type of injury.
Traumatic injury to the hips and pelvis can cause pain and misalignment. A ChiroCare of Florida doctor can help realign your hips and use other treatments, such as ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation, to provide pain relief.
Whiplash can occur even at the lowest speeds. Riders involved in an accident should always receive medical treatment to determine if they have whiplash or other injuries. Recovering from whiplash can take several months, but chiropractic care for whiplash can help you increase your range of motion and reduce pain.
If you were recently involved in a motorcycle accident, contact ChiroCare of Florida. You may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in medical benefits but you must have your motorcycle accident injuries documented within 14 days of the accident. Learn how an accident chiropractor can help you on the path back to wellness.