The shoulder is made up of three bones and three separate joints, and it takes very little force for this delicate area of the body to become injured in an automobile accident. If you are experiencing severe shoulder pain after a car accident, prompt treatment is essential to prevent further injury.
What Causes Shoulder Injuries?
One of the leading causes of a shoulder injury resulting from an automobile accident is the seatbelt. Although designed to restrict movement, in the event of a collision a seatbelt can also cause the weight of the body to create pressure in the arms and shoulder area. This added pressure often leads to shoulder pain, bruising, a muscle tear, or a rotator cuff injury.
Shoulder pain following a motor vehicle accident is one of the most common complaints car accident victims report. It a serious condition that should be treated immediately, and can exhibit various symptoms, including:
- Minor bruising and swelling that goes away after several days.
- Dull aching pain that continues for more than a few days – a possible rotator cuff injury.
- Stabbing, shooting pain to the shoulder.
- Swelling, bruising, loss of mobility and a grinding sensation associated with a fracture.
- Pain concentrated at the top of the shoulder and a protruding bump may be signs of a potential shoulder separation.
- Limp feeling in the arm and loss of mobility might indicate a dislocated arm.
If you were the victim of an automobile accident and are experiencing shoulder pain, contact Nagle & Associates. Our attorneys understand how painful shoulder injuries restrict movement and prevent you from resuming normal activities. Contact our firm online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free case evaluation today.