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Electric Bikes and Scooters Associated with Severe Injuries

Electric bikes (commonly referred to as "E-bikes") and powered scooters are growing in popularity and as a result, their associated injuries are on the rise.  Unfortunately, the pattern of injuries resulting from the use of these powered wheeled devices is more severe than their non-electric and non-powered counterparts.  According to 2000 to 2017 data from the US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the injury data showed: 

  • E-bike injuries were more likely include internal injuries and require hospital admission
  • E-bike injuries were more than 3 times more likely to involve a collision with a pedestrian than either pedal bicycles or powered scooters
  • E-bike injuries have been increasing dramatically, especially among older persons
  • Powered scooter injuries were nearly 3 times more likely to result in concussion 

Be smart and be aware.  If you decide to use an electric/powered scooter or bike, be cautious and wear the appropriate safety equipment, including a properly fitted helmet as well as knee, elbow and if applicable, wrist guards.  Eye protection and appropriate clothing should additionally be considered. 

Did you know doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained in the diagnosis and care of soft tissue injuries?  If you have sustained an injury from an E-bike, scooter or any other wheeled equipment, call us today!  We can quickly diagnosis and care for you and your injury, getting you back to healthy and happy, safely and quickly!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Injury Prevention, online November 11, 2019.