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Car accidents and shoulder impingement

On Behalf of | Oct 27, 2023 | Personal Injury

Upper extremity injuries are common following car accidents in Texas, and elsewhere, having different degrees of severity and often resulting in disability. One of these injuries is shoulder impingement, which makes knowing more about shoulder anatomy and how injuries impact this area important.

What is shoulder impingement?

The shoulder has three bones and four muscles that make up its structure. A crucial part of your shoulder’s structure is the rotator cuff, which impacts your range of motion. Impingement injuries may occur if your rotator cuff tears.

A condition known as impingement syndrome may occur when the rotator cuff tendons rub against the top of the shoulder joint. Swelling and pain often occur that often worsen with time.

What is most likely to cause shoulder impingement syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndrome is common in cases with preexisting shoulder joint degeneration. A crash with rapid deceleration is one of the most common causes of traumatic injury causing shoulder impingement. Gripping the steering wheel very tightly may also contribute to these injuries.

What are some treatments for shoulder impingement syndrome?

Some of the treatments your doctor may consider include:

  • Heat or ice application
  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Chiropractic care
  • Stretches

When conservative treatments fail to offer relief, cortisone shots may be used. Regenerative therapies using platelet-rich plasma or stem cells may reduce inflammation and regenerate tissue.

If you don’t receive sufficient relief with these treatments after your Texas motor vehicle accident, your doctor may recommend surgery. The recovery process may last several weeks to several months, emphasizing the need to seek prompt assistance.

A shoulder impingement injury can be very disruptive, but seeking help can make a difference. Consider the benefits of seeking assistance after injuring your shoulder.