Some people suffer from a shoulder injury or pain either right after a car accident, or in the days that follow. The shoulder is a very complex ball and joint. Its made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. It is provides us with a wide range of motion and when injured, can cause us a great deal of pain. If you think you have a shoulder injury after a car accident, slip and fall, work or sports injury, make sure you get to see your doctor right away.
Some common causes of injury to the shoulder during a car accident:
- Sudden jolt or seatbelt tightening during the car accident
- Direct impact to the door
- Bracing yourself for impact
My shoulder did not hurt the day of the car accident
Delayed onset of pain in any injury can be quite normal in a car accident. The shoulder is no exception. The injured person may feel pain immediately after the car accident, or it may follow in the days to come. Severe injuries , such as broken bones, would produce pain immediately. Get to your doctor immediately following your car accident.
Common symptoms of a car accident shoulder injury
- Discolored shoulder area
- Sudden and intense pain
- Stiff or painfully tender
- Range of motion causes weakness and pain
- Swelling, numbness, or tingling
The shoulder is made up of three bones, the humerus, clavical, and the scapula. The shoulder bones are held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in your body. Because of the range of motion, it is more likely to be injured in a car accident
- Fractured collar bone, shoulder blade, or upper arm
- Torn ligament or tendons
- Torn Rotator Cuff
- Heavy Bruising
- Stretched tendons or ligaments ( sprains )
Having the injuries after a car accident above require immediate medical attention. Some shoulder injuries such as a torn rotator cuff fractured or broken bones might require surgery. Make sure you get to the Doctor right away if you experience any of these conditions. It is possible the shoulder will have to be immobilized for a period of time. You may be out of work for quite some time due to that immobilization. If your job requires the use of the arm that is effected in anyway, you might be missing quite a bit of work. The Doctor may want an MRI and X-rays of the area to determine the best method of treatment. After your car accident , Call the Doctor first. Get the medical treatment you deserve after you have been injured in a car accident.