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Get to Know These Common Fourth of July Injuries

Get to Know These Common Fourth of July Injuries The fourth of July is here. Though this Independence Day weekend is typically full of celebrations, injuries and accidents are also common. People may celebrate with fireworks, enjoy barbecue, engage in motorcycle rides, go for boating or play in the water. Safety should be the number one priority during this joyous occasion. An experienced pain management center in Brooklyn can provide effective treatment for personal injuries occurring during such celebrations.

The most common accidents that often happen on our nation’s birthday include:

Motor-vehicle accidents

Fatal motor vehicle accidents are getting common on the fourth of July. Independence Day is considered to be one of the most dangerous driving days of the year in the U.S. Speeding and alcohol play a significant role in fatal car crashes during the day. Motor vehicle collision can cause several types of back injuries, which can lead to pain, decreased function and mobility affecting the muscles, muscle spasms, stiffness, tingling or burning sensation.

Boating and pool accidents

As it is summer, many people will consider getting into water – swimming or boating. Boating accidents may occur, if you are not paying attention while operating the boat, or speeding, or violating the rules of navigation. Other reasons for such accidents may be inexperience, faulty machinery, and boating while intoxicated. While swimming, adults should supervise children near a pool. Inexperienced people should consider putting on a life jacket to ensure safety.

Firework related injuries

According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, sixty percent of all firework injuries occur around July 4th, with firecrackers and homemade explosives at the top of the list. Eye injuries due to fireworks are getting more common each year.

To stay safe with fireworks, the National Safety Council (NSC) recommends certain tips such as

  • Do not handle fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Wear protective eye wear when using fireworks
  • Do not light them indoors and never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Follow a safe distance once you light a firework fuse
  • Before discarding both spent and unused fireworks, soak them in water for a few hours

An experienced pain management and rehabilitation center in Brooklyn, NYC, HealthQuest offers effective treatment options for any personal injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents, or sprains and strains. The center’s comprehensive treatment plans include Physical therapy, Spinal decompression, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), Epidural steroid injections, Electrical stimulation, Game Ready cold and compression therapy and Chiropractic care in Brooklyn.

Happy Independence Day and celebrate your weekend in a safe way!

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