It may surprise you to learn that shoulder injuries, like whiplash injuries, are some of the most common challenges people face after a car accident. If you’re driving and have your hands on the steering wheel at the time of an accident, the sudden forces created by the event can result in a torn rotator cuff.
Your shoulder is one of the most dynamic and unstable joints in your body and one of the most complexparts. It’s made up of a collection of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
The rotator cuff in your shoulder is a ball and socket joint made up of three bones: your arm bone (thehumerus), your shoulder blade (the scapula), and your collarbone (the clavicle).
The supporting muscles, ligaments, and tendons in your shoulder are designed to help you lift and rotateyour arm.
It's hard to ignore a torn rotator cuff because...it hurts! Signs of a tear include shoulder pain when liftingyour arm, weakness, pain when lying down, or a limited range of motion.
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Needless to say, if you experience shoulder pain after an accident, time is of the essence!
Our team is here and can provide a complete evaluation and treatment plan for you to get moving safelyand heal quickly. Just give us a call.
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