Diagnosis and Treatment of Shoulder Pain After a Motor Vehicle Accident
In almost any type of motor vehicle accident, your shoulders are exposed to significant potential injury. You may be thrown against the steering wheel or dashboard or suffer a shoulder injury in a T-bone collision. The ball-and-socket joint in your shoulder is one of the most complex joints in your body, and you can experience significant pain when connective tissues are strained, sprained, or torn.
One of the most common types of shoulder injuries sustained in car accidents involves your rotator cuff, a unique network of muscles and tendons that ensure that the ball at the end of your upper arm stays in your shoulder socket, allowing you to rotate your arm and extend your arm up and out.
How Do You Know You Have a Rotator-Cuff Injury?
The typical symptoms of a rotator-cuff injury include:
- A dull ache in your shoulder
- Pain in your shoulder that interferes with your sleep
- A pronounced weakness in your arm
- Challenges reaching up and behind
What Kind of Treatment Do You Need for a Rotator-Cuff Injury?
As a general rule, a surgical procedure to repair a torn rotator cuff is necessary in only the most severe cases. Typically, a rotator-cuff injury responds well to treatment by a chiropractor or physical therapist, who can help you strengthen the muscles around the rotator cuff to provide it with more support.
Accident Centers of Texas—Helping You Recover From a Rotator-Cuff Injury
At Accident Centers of Texas, we are committed to helping ensure your return to maximum health after a rotator-cuff injury. We offer eight convenient locations throughout the DFW Metroplex, including Dallas, Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, Fort Worth, Arlington, Frisco, Irving, and Garland. Same-day appointments are typically available. Based on the nature of your condition and your needs, you’ll be treated by a nurse practitioner, a chiropractor, or both.
When you have any illness or injury that requires medical care, we are available to meet with you Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For an appointment, call us at (214) 974-4041 or contact our offices online.