Shoulder Injury After Auto Accident

Anderson Chiropractic offers non-surgical chiropractic care for acute or chronic pain linked to shoulder injury from an auto accident. The impact from the collision may have injured or damaged the shoulder joint, bones, muscles, or connective tissue. Getting immediate care from our McMurray chiropractor, Dr. Scott Anderson, can prevent loss of mobility and further damage. You will benefit from various natural treatments including joint manipulation to realign the shoulder and alleviate pain.

man suffering from shoulder pain after a car accident

The Shoulder Joint

The most flexible joint in the body is the shoulder. It is a ball-and-socket joint consisting of the glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joints that allows a wide range of motion including swinging and rotating the arms. Stretchy ligaments and muscles connect these joints to the shoulder blade (scapula), collarbone (clavicle), and upper arm bone (humerus). However, its flexibility makes injury, dysfunction, and shoulder pain highly likely. 

Common Types of Shoulder Injuries after a Car Accident 

  • Soft tissue sprains and strains
  • Shoulder bone fracture
  • Dislocation or separation of the shoulder joint
  • Rotator cuff tears (tendon and ligament tears) 

Typical Shoulder Injury Symptoms 

Mild to debilitating pain is usually the first sign of injury or damage. It could be a sharp, stabbing pain or searing pain that stops you from doing tasks that involve lifting the arm or moving the shoulder, neck, or upper body. The pain may be sudden and intense, dull and gradual, persistent, or occur only when you move. Other symptoms are:

  • Shoulder instability
  • Stiffness or tenderness
  • Pain gets worse at night 
  • Bruising, swelling, or inflammation
  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • Pain radiates to the arm, back, or neck

Shoulder Pain Treatment by Our McMurray Chiropractor 

After a thorough physical exam and imaging tests to identify the injury, we will customize a treatment regimen to target the pain from its source using the following pain relief methods:

Joint Manipulation: The dislocated shoulder joint is gently adjusted and restored to its normal position. Much of the pain may disappear almost immediately. Chiropractic adjustment of the shoulder joint also relieves stiffness, restore joint functions, and increases flexibility.  

Soft Tissue Therapies: Ultrasound therapy, massage therapy, and cold laser therapy can help to alleviate soft tissue stiffness, aches, and pains and stimulate blood circulation. The increase in oxygen flow to the tissue reduces inflammation and speeds up healing.

Rehabilitative Exercises: Stretch exercises aim to relax, strengthen, and rebuild the injured muscles and connective tissue.

See Our Chiropractor for Pain Treatment after an Auto Accident

Non-invasive, drug-free care is available at Anderson Chiropractic for your shoulder pain. Our goal is to optimize pain relief and healing and help you recover fast! Call 724-941-5805 today to schedule a consultation at our McMurray clinic. 


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