Learn about a shoulder injury from a bad car accident
I can tell you that a shoulder injury is one of the more common injuries after a car accident.
Even more specific, a rotator cuff tear (four tendons that “rotate” the arm bone) or a SLAP tear (superior labrum from anterior to posterior) tear/a tear of your labrum) commonly occurs after a car accident.
A SLAP tear occurs at the point where the tendon of the biceps muscle connects to the labrum.
So how does a shoulder injury occur after an accident
During a car accident, even a low impact car accident, your body absorbs the force of the impact.
With a SLAP tear, as a result of “bracing” your hands against the steering wheel in preparation of the crash, your shoulder becomes locked.
This “locking” of your shoulder causes it to absorb the impact. If your car is hit from the side, your shoulder can slam against the door frame (driver – left shoulder/passenger – right shoulder).
Breaking down the different type of pain you will feel from a shoulder injury after a crash
Common symptoms of a rotator cuff tears or SLAP tears include:
- Pain during overhead activities
- Decrease in range of motion
- Loss of strength
- “Pop” or “catching” sensation
- Trouble sleeping
When do you know you developed a shoulder injury
Of course, injuries to your neck after a car accident can oftentimes act as a “generator” for shoulder pain.
If the ligaments in your neck are injured, they can cause pain with the nerves that travel through your arm. As a result, after a car accident you should always treat with a medical professional such as a chiropractor or orthopedic surgeon instead of self-diagnosing the source of your pain.
An MRI is typically performed to detect a rotator cuff or SLAP tear, although sometimes the full extent of the injury is not determined until after arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear.
No more suffering from your shoulder injury
If you are involved in a car accident where you injure your shoulder, call the personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin for a free consultation. We can determine whether the at-fault party has available insurance coverage to compensate you for your past medical bills, future medical bills, and pain and suffering related to this injury.