At Pivonka Chiropractic in Gilbert Arizona we see many types of patients. One of the more common types of patients are auto accident patients. Some of these auto accident patients have been involved in very severe accidents where they experienced impacts at high rates of speed, or their vehicle flips over, or they are ejected from their vehicle and the perception is that these patients SHOULD have injuries. Then we get those auto patients that are involved in “minor impacts” or “low speed collisions” and the perception is that these patients SHOULD NOT have injuries and any pain they are having is “all in their head” or only present due to “possibility of an insurance payment”. Well what if I told you that in most cases the opposite is true. Auto patient’s involved in lower speed collisions can suffer and quite frequently do suffer more severe injuries than those auto patients involved in high speed collisions. How can this be you ask, well the answer lies in automobile engineering.
Present day automobiles are wonders of modern engineering. They accelerate faster, turn sharper and stop faster than ever before. These modern auto marvels are also “safer” than in years past, especially in high speed collisions. Increased safety in high speed collisions is due to the fact that the cars are engineered to “crumple”, like a soda can when you step on it, when impacted at high speeds. So when you are hit at 50mph your car is designed to take the impact and save your life. The problem however, is that in collisions at low speeds we don’t want our car to “crumple” because then every time we bump into someone we have a large repair bill. Hence cars today stay relatively stiff and intact during low speed collisions, which means the forces that are delivered into the car are not absorbed and they travel through the vehicle and into the occupants.
Occupants in low speed auto collisions may experience extremely high forces. This study by Szabo, T.J. and Welcher, J.B., Human Subject Kinematics and Electromyographic Activity During Low Speed Rear Impacts, 40th Stapp Car Crash Conference, 1996, SAE 962432. Reveals that occupants in low speed collisions my receive up to 17G’s of force in a 9mph collision. This means that you may receive 17 times the force of gravity into your body, in particular your neck. So say your head weighs 10 pounds, and you are rear-ended at ONLY 9 MPH, effectively your head will weigh 10 x 17 or 170 pounds within 60 milliseconds of impact!! Fighter pilots doing high speed maneuvers only get up to 9g’s. I have an affidavit from the State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that states that between the years of 1994-1999, 1910 people were killed and 280,028 people were injured in motor vehicle collisions of less than 10mph, with non of the accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcycles, these were all vehicle on vehicle collisions. So when people say ” it was only a minor collision” I say there is no such thing as a “minor” collision. If you have been involved in any sort of motor vehicle accident regardless of how fast your car hit or was hit, you should get a Chiropractic check up. Pivonka Chiropractic in Gilbert Arizona has 20 years of experience in treating patients who have been injured in car accidents.
So if you have been in an auto accident and you need help with your spinal complaints don’t hesitate to call Dr. Patricia Pivonka or Dr. Anthony Pivonka at Pivonka Chiropractic in Gilbert Arizona for help. (480) 892-0022.