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The Cause of Shoulder Injuries During Car Accidents

The Cause of Shoulder Injuries During Car Accidents - El Paso Chiropractor


Automobile accidents can result in numerous types of injuries. Aside from whiplash, one of the most common types of injuries caused after a rear-end collision, shoulder injuries can also occur during an auto accident and these particular injuries can have some serious complications if left untreated.

Auto Accidents and Injuries


Car accidents can occur in high levels of traffic and anyone involved may suffer an injury. Various forms and degrees of injury can result from these types of incidents, however, one of the most difficult to detect includes shoulder injuries. Automobile accidents can damage an individual’s body to the point where it may not be immediately noticeable. Collisions are fast-paced actions that leave the involved individuals in shock and denial until they receive the medical attention they need and require at the time of the incident. Often times, the people who’ve experienced an auto accident may not feel any symptoms until the adrenaline begins to wear off and the pain and discomfort develops into lingering pain suggesting the presence of an underlying injury. 

Whether the victim of an automobile accident find their bodies sore and aching for days after or whether they simply do not feel any pain and symptoms until several days, even weeks after, delaying a visit to a healthcare professional to receive a diagnosis of any possible injuries to follow through with treatment can be detrimental to both the overall health of the body and to a legal case. After all, lingering pain is usually a symptom of an injury which may require immediate medical treatment.

Common Injuries


Although it may be challenging for medical professionals to diagnose specific injuries after an individual has been involved in an automobile accident, a variety of those injuries will manifest eventually, signaling the presence of a complication. The violent movement from the force of a sudden stop in a vehicle may frequently cause shoulder injuries, such as broken bones, when these are slammed into parts of the interior of an automobile. These same powerful actions may also cause the shoulder to protrude out of the joint or the rotator cuff may be torn or damaged. Muscle and cartilage tears are often the more serious types of injuries. Other internal complications can cause bleeding which may need immediate medical care. Another type of injury may surface with sudden jerks of the body, leading to a common injury known as whiplash.

It is often recommended to seek a healthcare provider whom specializes in auto accident injuries. A doctor who specializes in shoulder injuries, such as a chiropractor, is capable of determining the exact cause of an individual’s shoulder injuries. A full detailed explanation emphasizing on everything that occurred during the accident along with the full symptoms the victim of the auto accident is experiencing can assist the specialist to understand the issue affecting the individual. In a majority of cases, the medical specialist may determine an MRI is needed. Additional treatment may also be required to heal the injury. Chiropractic care can help treat a variety of musculoskeletal issues, most specifically helping realign any spinal subluxations and/or muscle injuries. A massage therapist can also help treat the symptoms of pain alongside chiropractic treatment. For treatment of ongoing issues, a physical therapist may be crucial as well to restore overall function. The initial healthcare specialist should be informed of any and all progress to determine if further action is needed.  


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Insurance Claims and Accident Cases


Because the process of dealing with an automobile accident and its consequences can often take a long time to solve, it’s not unheard of for insurance companies to deny a claim, often citing previous injuries. Time may be needed to determine the cause of the complication to relay this information to an insurance company and specific documentation may be needed to help establish the cause of the injury and its relation to the accident. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical attention after being involved in an auto accident as this documentation can help reveal how a specific type of injury connects to a particular incident. It’s essential to make sure all documentation has dates attached and all medical professionals have signed off on details to support insurance compensation for medical payments.

Furthermore, litigation may be the necessary route when accidents that lead to severe injuries occur. Claims to compensate medical treatments and bills generally run through the party at fault’s insurance. It is important to seek legal advice when pursuing an injury claim although this may not often be necessary as the healthcare professionals treating the injured individual can often also help with insurance compensation.

In conclusion, healthcare professionals may be necessary as consultants to explain procedures, medication, treatment and to also clarify why other specialists are essential in healing previous injuries resulting from automobile accidents. Detailed information of the automobile accident and all other proceedings may be shared with a legal representative to strengthen a case. In the end, the individual’s overall health and well-being should be the priority.


By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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