Head-On CollisionsAccidents and crashes that involve motorcycles and other vehicles account for over half of motorcycle accident deaths. In a majority of these accidents, the vehicle hits the motorcycle from the front more than 70% of the time. Automobiles hit motorcycles from behind only 5% of the time.
Vehicles Making Left-Hand TurnsWhen an automobile is making a left-hand turn is one of the most dangerous situations for motorcyclists. These collisions account for almost half of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. The turning car usually hits the motorcycle when the motorcycle:
- Goes straight through an intersection
- Is passing the automobile
- Trying to overtake the automobile
Lane SplittingMotorcycles that pass cars within the same lane are at an increased risk of getting hit. Car and truck drivers don’t expect the motorcyclist to pass and are often taken by surprise. Lane splitting is when a motorcycle drives between two lanes of stopped or slowly moving cars, typically during high traffic time. It is a common cause of motorcycle accidents because:
- The close proximity of the automobiles to the motorcycle
- Reduced space that the motorcyclist has to maneuver around the other vehicles
- Most drivers don’t see or anticipate a motorcycle passing them in slowed or stopped traffic
Road HazardsMotorcyclists are at an increased risk from road hazards. Because of the smaller size and unstable nature of the motorcycle:
- Slick road conditions
- Uneven height between lanes
- Other unexpected objects in the road pose a serious threat.
Hip/Pelvic MisalignmentThe pelvis has three major joints:
- The pubic joint on the front of the body
- Two sacroiliac joints on each side of the back, that connect the pelvis to the spine.
WhiplashThis is a type of neck injury that happens from a forceful, back-and-forth motion, during the impact of a crash, or with a sudden stop. It is a soft tissue injury where the tendons and muscles of the neck are stretched and/or torn. Common symptoms include:
- Limited range of motion
Other Neck InjuriesOther injuries can include misalignment or fractures of the vertebrae in the neck from a different impact like a side hit. Chiropractic can help an individual recover from these types of injuries and restoring the range of motion. Gentle chiropractic manipulative, mobilization treatment, and intersegmental traction can help realign the neck.
Back InjuryThe spine and its muscles are highly prone to injury. Common injuries include:
- Herniated/slipped discs
- Spinal misalignment
- Soft tissue injuries
Leg/Foot InjuryInjuries to the legs and feet are common in motorcycle accidents. Common injuries include:
- Road rash
Biker’s ArmBiker’s arm also known as rider’s arm, is specific to motorcyclists and sometimes bicyclists. It happens when a motorcyclist instinctively pulls in their arm/hand in front of them to try and lessen the impact when falling. This can lead to shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand injuries. The bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and nerves can suffer damage and can be severe.
TreatmentTreatment of these injuries can range from a soft collar, chiropractic, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, nerve blocks, and physical therapy. Surgery could be necessary and combined with the aforementioned treatments. Motorcycle riders can increase their safety by being aware of the common causes of accidents, staying alert, and taking steps to reduce and avoid the risk.
Body Composition Overall Health
Phase Angle Inflammation Injury TrackingPhase angle determines the status of an individual’s overall health. If an individual gets hurt and has a low phase angle then their ability to heal can be delayed. The extracellular water and water mass of the body are measured to assess how swollen an individual is after an accident. The individual is reassessed every two weeks to show water loss or inflammation loss. Body composition is important for understanding an individual’s fluid status and physiological makeup. This is used for guiding and developing treatments aimed at improving status, and decreasing the length of staying at a hospital. InBody is non-invasive and convenient, making it the ideal tool for patient assessments. In less than 60 seconds, the InBody test provides easy-to-understand, accurate, and objective measurements to evaluate a patient’s health and monitor progress throughout their treatment. Doctors use InBody to:
- Identify fluid imbalances related to medical conditions, trauma, and/or organ failure
- Track fluid overload
- Monitor variables for muscle loss and cachexia
- Assess malnutrition risks