The shoulder is particularly susceptible to injury in a traumatic car crash or other accident, since it has great range of motion. The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint made up of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which lays over the shoulder, can easily be injured when a fall or trauma occurs with outstretched arms. For any shoulder injury, seek immediate medical treatment. This article gives basic information on causes, symptoms, types of common shoulder injuries, and treatment.
Causes of Shoulder Injury:
A shoulder injury may occur naturally over time as the body ages and is subject to wear and tear. However, in many cases, a traumatic, sudden event, such as these, may cause acute injury.
- a car crash;
- a trip-and-fall accident;
- a twisting, lifting, or reaching movement;
- an impact or blow; or
- a sports activity.
A vehicle occupant may be especially vulnerable to injury, if their arms are outstretched, bracing the body on the dash or steering wheel at the time of crash. A direct impact to the shoulder, from another car or a stationary object, like a telephone poll, may injure the shoulder. Even a seat belt may impact and injure soft tissues or cause the shoulder to separate during a crash.
Symptoms of A Shoulder Injury:
Symptoms of a shoulder injury may range from subtle to extreme and may include:
- Redness and swelling;
- Tenderness or tingling;
- Variance in color (bruising)or temperature (cold or fever);
- Pain while resting or doing activity;
- Deformity or protruding bones; or
- Change in range of motion (inability to lift or raise arms).
Types of Shoulder Injuries:
The shoulder is a complex system of bone, ligament, tendon, and muscle, so there are many types of common shoulder injuries. In some cases, an accident victim with a soft tissue injury may not immediately experience pain. See a doctor as soon as possible to treat and document injuries like these:
- Shoulder sprain (injury to ligaments that connect and stabilize bones);
- Shoulder strain (pulled muscles);
- Fracture (broken bones);
- Nerve injury;
- Shoulder separation (collarbone separates from the shoulder blade);
- Torn rotator cuff (damage to tendons covering the shoulder);
- Dislocation or subluxation of the bones; or
- Dislocation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint (or separation).
Treatment of Shoulder Injury:
Since shoulder injuries range from mild to critical, so does the treatment spectrum. A shoulder injury may require immediate medical attention at a hospital or emergency clinic. In severe cases, a shoulder injury may necessitate surgery, pain management, and rehabilitative treatment. In other cases, a doctor may recommend a combination of “RICE,” an acronym for: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Physical therapies and pain management may also be doctor recommended. As an accident attorney, I recommend that you seek immediate treatment if you think you have a shoulder injury caused by an accident.
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