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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

In addition to neck pain and back pain, shoulder pain is also a common effect of a car crash. This is especially true for those who were driving at the time of the crash, due to the position of the arms on a steering wheel. Shoulder pain can be a side effect of something more serious involving the spine or nerve damage. It’s important to see a chiropractor who can determine the extent of a shoulder injury.

Shoulder pain is often described as one of the most uncomfortable car accident injuries. A shoulder injury can impede your range of motion, strain your neck and back, and send shooting pain down your arms. Because the shoulder is connected to multiple ligaments, tendons, and muscles, pinpointing the source of the pain can be difficult. This is why it’s so important to see a medical professional for shoulder pain treatment.

At First Choice Wellness, you won’t only receive a full examination from a chiropractor, but you’ll also get a specialized shoulder pain treatment plan and recovery plan. We provide physical and rehabilitation therapy, chiropractic care, and massage therapy for those suffering from shoulder pain that’s resulted from a car crash. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a full examination of your shoulder injury.

What You Need to Know About a Car Accident Shoulder Injury

If you’ve recently been in a car accident and you’re experiencing shoulder pain, it’s highly recommended to see a medical professional at First Choice Wellness as soon as possible. Not only is it important to begin treating shoulder pain as soon as possible, but it’s also important to complete a full physical examination. This can help to rule out any other injuries that could be more severe, such as broken bones, a herniated disc, or nerve damage. Here are some frequently asked questions that patients often ask when concerned about shoulder pain. For further information about shoulder pain and other car accident injuries, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shoulder Pain

What are shoulder pain symptoms?

Shoulder pain symptoms can vary depending on the type of injury. Here are a few common should injuries and symptoms that result from those injuries:

  • Rotator cuff tear - The rotator cuff is made up of tendons and muscles that allow us to hold our arm in different positions, such as up over our head or out directly in front of the body. A rotator cuff tear is a common car accident injury. This can lead to intense shoulder pain and cracking sounds when trying to move the arm.
  • Fracture - The bones closest to the shoulder are the collarbone and the humerus and can they can both easily break in a car crash. If you’re dealing with a fracture of either of these bones, it will cause extreme shoulder pain, bruising, and an inability to move the arm.
  • Dislocated shoulder - If the arm pops out of the socket after a car accident, you’ll feel the symptoms of a dislocated shoulder, which include pain, swelling, bruising, and numbness down the arm.
  • Cartilage tear - The cartilage is the rubbery part of the rim of the shoulder joint. Tears can appear in the cartilage around the shoulder joint if the shoulder absorbs impact in an auto accident. Symptoms include intense pain when reaching the arm over the head, weakness in the shoulder, or a locking sensation when attempting to move the arm.

If you’re experiencing any signs or symptoms of the shoulder injuries mentioned above, it’s imperative that you seek shoulder pain treatment from a medical professional right away. Contact First Choice Wellness as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

What are movements or activities that can worsen shoulder pain?

If you’re suffering from shoulder pain after a car accident, it’s important to seek shoulder pain treatment and allow the shoulder and arm to rest as much as possible. This means avoiding exercises and everyday movements that work the shoulder, neck, and arms. Exercises and activities that should be avoided are:

  • Any sports that involve throwing or catching, such as baseball or football
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Tennis
  • Weight-lifting
  • Household chores that involve scrubbing motions, like washing windows or cleaning surfaces
  • Folding laundry
  • Driving

We understand that shoulder pain isn’t only uncomfortable, but it can also prevent you from doing daily exercises and activities. Seeing an experienced chiropractor who specializes in shoulder pain treatment after a car accident can help you heal and get back on track. Contact First Choice Wellness today to learn more about our shoulder pain treatment plans.

Can physical therapy help shoulder pain?

Physical therapy is often used to treat shoulder pain and heal the body. Physical therapy can help to build the muscles around the shoulder, improve the function of joints, and heal damaged ligaments. If you’re interested in hearing more about what physical therapy can do for your shoulder pain, contact our office today. We can schedule you an appointment for a full examination and an opportunity to discuss your shoulder pain with a certified physical therapist.

When should I worry about shoulder pain?

It is highly advised to seek shoulder pain treatment as soon as you’re aware of the symptoms. When shoulder pain goes untreated, it can lead to severe complications and long-term damage to the body. It’s important to remember that car accident injuries may have delayed signs and symptoms. Some people will experience pain and tenderness around the shoulders immediately after a car accident, while others may not feel symptoms of shoulder pain for days or even weeks. Chiropractors who specialize in car accident injuries will always advise patients to seek treatment immediately, even if their shoulder pain symptoms appear to be mild. If you’ve recently been in an auto accident, but you’re unsure if you need shoulder pain treatment, schedule an appointment at First Choice Wellness for a proper diagnosis.

What are common shoulder pain treatments?

At First Choice Wellness, you’ll receive a comprehensive examination, a specialized treatment plan for your shoulder pain, and a healing plan for optimal recovery. Since every car accident is different, and everyone experiences shoulder injuries in different ways, we don’t use a one-size-fits-all approach to shoulder pain. Your shoulder pain treatment plan will be customized to treat your specific injury. Some examples of shoulder pain treatments include gentle exercises that are designed to stretch and improve range of motion in the arm, cold/heat applications, physical therapy, massage therapy, or prescription medication. To learn more about our shoulder pain treatment plans and how they can help you, contact First Choice Wellness today to schedule an appointment.

Can you be compensated for a shoulder injury caused by a car accident?

Absolutely. First Choice Wellness doesn’t only provide a combination of medical and chiropractic care, we also give you access to our network of lawyers that can help you file claims and receive compensation for your shoulder injury. Settlements for cases of shoulder injuries will vary due to the severity of the injury and the car accident. In order to receive compensation for a shoulder injury, it’s recommended to work with an experienced car accident injury lawyer that can negotiate on your behalf and guide you through the legal process. Contact First Choice Wellness today to learn more about receiving medical care as well as compensation for your shoulder injury. When searching for “shoulder pain treatment near me”, remember that First Choice Wellness is conveniently located in Lauderhill, FL with easy access from all South Florida areas.

Watch for these commonly delayed symptoms

Late-appearing car accident injuries can sometimes present challenges with an insurance claim. Insurance carriers may assume accident victims are exaggerating or fabricating their symptoms. The longer the period between your accident and your diagnosis or symptoms, the harder it becomes to establish it was the accident that caused the injury. As many symptoms may not present immediately - watch for these commonly delayed symptoms:


Potential Cause: Whiplash, Concussion, Blood Clot


Potential Cause: Whiplash, Spinal Damage


Potential Cause: Whiplash, Spinal or Ligament Damage


Potential Cause: Spinal Injury, Herniated Disk