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Neck Strain (cont.)

Neck Strain Prevention

The key to reducing the incidence of neck strain involves trying to reduce the likelihood of injury to the neck, including from motor-vehicle accidents. The American College of Physicians recommends that all automobile occupants wear seat belts, including the use of child safety seats of appropriate size and construction, for all children weighing less than 40 pounds. In addition, head restraints must be properly adjusted for height so that early contact with the back of the head should occur during a collision, particularly from the rear. Automobile manufacturers have modified vehicles to include devices that add tension to the seat belt during a collision and have devised a multitude of airbag devices to cushion vehicle occupants during crashes. Drive defensively and never while under the influence of mind-altering drugs.

Appropriate safety equipment should also be used by those engaged in dangerous or physical occupations. In addition, homebuilders are attempting to build safer homes, with fewer opportunities for accidental injury.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/27/2015

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