Shoulder Injury & Shoulder Pain from a Vehicle Accident
A shoulder injury from an accident can seriously affect your ability to work, and your quality of life. The pain and function damage can make simple tasks like driving and brushing your teeth extremely difficult. It is important to get a proper diagnosis early on, and to receive proper treatment early to ensure the maximum recovery.
What types of shoulder injuries are there?
Rotator cuff tear
A rotator cuff tear is a term used to describe tears to any one of the four rotator cuff tendons in your shoulder muscles. According to Health Communities, symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:
- Loss of range of motion in the shoulder
- Tenderness and pain in the shoulder, especially when reaching overhead
- Shoulder weakness
- Crackling sensation when shoulder is in certain positions (HC)
A dislocated shoulder occurs when the shoulder joint comes partially or completely separated from the socket it sits in. A shoulder can dislocate backward, forward, or downward. Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder include:
- Pain in the shoulder and occasionally down the arm
- Inability to move the affected shoulder
- Bruising, swelling, and tenderness
- Visible deformity of the area
What causes shoulder injuries?
Tears in the rotator cuff are fairly common. A torn rotator cuff can be caused when the arm is used to brace for an impact in an auto accident. The shoulder is one of the most mobile joints of the body, as a result, it is also one of the most often dislocated.
How is a shoulder injury diagnosed?
Your doctor will first ask you questions about your accident and physically examine your shoulder. However, if you are in too much pain or the physical examination is inconclusive, your doctor may have you undergo an MRI or other radio-logical testing to get a deeper understanding to confirm his theories.
How do you treat a shoulder injury?
Your doctor may employ a method called "closed reduction" to attempt to maneuver your dislocated shoulder joint back into the socket. If you are experiencing a large amount of pain and swelling, you may be given pain management medication or (in very severe cases) general anesthesia for comfort. Once your shoulder is back in place, pain will begin to improve immediately. For those with weak shoulders or frequent shoulder dislocations, surgery may be necessary.
Treatment for a rotator cuff injury primarily involves physical therapy. Our physical therapist will provide you with exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility. More severe cases may require pain management or even surgery. Learn more about the options we provide for shoulder injury treatment by contacting us today at (877)959-5137.
What is the recovery time for a shoulder injury?
For a dislocated shoulder, you may simply need to immobilize the area with a sling for a few weeks, and likely some physical therapy. If surgery is necessary for a torn rotator cuff, recovery time lasts a minimum of six weeks, and includes physical therapy and pain management. Recovery time may vary depending on the severity of your injury, your age, and other additional factors.
If you or someone you love has been in an accident that resulted in injuries to that, it is important to seek medical care promptly to prevent long term damage and ongoing pain.
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