Many individuals enjoy riding all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. It is a fun pastime and it gets individuals outdoors. However, when driving/riding any type of motor vehicle there is potential for crashes and accidents that can result in severe injuries. Unfortunately, many individuals get on an ATV without properly understanding how the vehicle operates, safety measures, and what to do in an emergency. Several facts about ATV accidents, provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- 130,000+ individuals are injured every year from ATV accidents
- Over 700 individuals are killed in these accidents every year
- Around one-third of the individuals killed are under the age of 16.
- Many of the accidents could have been prevented if proper safety protocols were followed
Many of these accidents are based on negligence or recklessness of the driver or other individual/s doing the same in close proximity. The causes range from:
- Speeding recklessly
- Steep hill-climbing
- Drunk driving
- Exceeding capacity
Many of these vehicles are designed to hold one passenger only. When a second or third passenger is on the vehicle, the accidents are usually of the secondary passengers falling or getting thrown off. In other cases, the passenger is not able to shift their weight with the driver, resulting in throwing the entire vehicle off-balance.
Today ATVs are used for various jobs including border patrol, construction, emergency medical response, snow plowing, and maintaining farmland. They can be fun, but they can also be extremely dangerous if not properly ridden. Every year faster, and more powerful ATVs arrive on the market for purchase. The first ATVs had around 7-horsepower, an 89 cc engine, and weighed about 200 pounds. Today, some have engines that are 600 ccs, with 50 horsepower, weigh over 400 pounds, and can go up to 100 miles per hour. These are powerful machines that can cause severe injuries.
- Injuries typically happen to men around 18 to 30 years of age
- 80 percent of injuries impact the driver and not the passenger
- The most common injury cause is associated with flips and/or rolls
- When this happens, both the driver and passenger can get thrown and in some cases, pinned underneath.
Symptoms and Injuries
Common ATV injuries include:
- All around body pain
- Muscle stiffness
- Broken bones
- Neurologic injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Chronic pain
- Blurred Vision
Chiropractic and Physical Therapy
Just like automobile accident injuries, there can be delayed symptoms that begin to present over days or weeks. Seeking the proper treatment as soon as possible is important to decrease inflammation and swelling before the injury/s worsens, or leads to other debilitating conditions. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic can help restore mobility and flexibility after an ATV accident. A combination of physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and massage will help with:
- Accelerated recovery
- Decrease in chronic symptoms
- Injury rehabilitation
- Further injury/damage prevention
- Maintaining a level of improved function
- Acute and chronic pain alleviation
- Range of motion increase
- Overall health and wellness
Operation Safety Tips
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, proper footwear, and safety gear
- Make sure that all drivers are educated and understand how to operate the ATV
- Read the operating manual, watch safety videos
- Know the vehicle’s limitations
- Know the terrain where it will be driven
- Check and know local and state regulations
- Never let young children operate the vehicle
- Never drive under the influence
- Keep a phone or other communication device in case of an emergency
Phase Angle values can determine what’s going on in the body
It can help identify health risks, address underlying health issues, and track the progress of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. For many individuals phase angle analysis has helped them make data-driven health and wellness decisions. Many medical practices are using it to personalize a patient’s treatment plan. Lifestyle factors that are likely to impact phase angle include:
- Eating highly processed meals
- Lack of quality sleep
- Stress – physical, mental, and emotional
- Lack of regular physical activity
- Excess caffeine, alcohol, and refined sugars
- Toxicity exposure
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Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG*
Licensed in Texas & New Mexico
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