1. What is seat belt syndrome?
Every interior component of a car is designed to provide safety and comfort for the driver and passenger. But when any causes bodily harm then measures need to be taken to ensure such doesn't happen again.
Airbags and seat belts are some of the most important accident-prevention components of a vehicle, which keeps every occupant in the car still and limits their movement when the driver loses control of the vehicle. But when the same feature that should protect you causes you physical problems, it is called seat belt syndrome. This is simply the collective injuries related to wearing a seat belt, and it affects children and occupants of the back seat, mostly. But that doesn't mean the driver can't be affected in some cases.
The injuries related to the seat belt syndrome could range from internal bleeding and body bruises to trauma and even death. But the idea of this article isn't to stop you from using a seat belt but to tell you more about the seat belt syndrome and ways to prevent it.
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2. Injuries associated with the seat belt syndrome
When the seat belt is tightly worn, it could cause internal damage which leads to bleeding. Thus, when you find blood in your stool or urine after driving home from a hangout with friends, it's probably caused by the seat belt pressure. And no, you haven't been poisoned.
What simply happened is your organs get compressed as a result of seat belt pressure and cause damage to your bladder or urinary tract. When you get involved in an accident or minor coalition while you have your seat belt on, there could be bowel movements leading to you vomiting blood, constipating and bleeding. In some cases your breathing could also be affected as the seat belt exerts pressure on your respiratory tract as well.
Bruise, sores and bleeding are common parts of seat belt syndrome
Chronic fatigue is part of the seat belt syndrome. This is because the pressure could damage your spinal nerves and lower back, and further weaken your legs. Therefore, being tired after driving every day doesn't mean you're getting too old or are being attacked by some village people. It's just a seat belt syndrome that can be taken care of.
Bruises and sores
After wearing the seat belt for a long time, you're likely to start having physical injuries. Your muscle can also get strained when you collide with an object, due to the pressure. Some people also encounter skin discoloration, sores and swellings on areas tugged by the seat belt. A lot of women complain about it, not knowing what the exact cause is - now you know!
Abdominal pains and stiff neck
Just like how it leads to internal bleeding, the seat belt could cause you abdominal pain also. Then you start feeling pain in your hips region, ribs and blood loss. If untreated, it could cause kidney failure at some point. Asides this pain, getting sore after using a seat belt will likely linger and affect your neck - causing serious damage. Your head could snap as well.
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3. How to prevent seat belt syndrome
Now you know what seat belt syndrome is, what can you do to prevent it?
- Drive short distances and rest at intervals
- Once your seat belt doesn't flow freely, get it checked. Don't try to manage it.
- Drive carefully so you don't get in a coalition.
- Install seat belts made with softer material.
- Don't overeat before driving
- Go for a checkup once involved in an accident or if you notice any pain.
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