Common Causes of Shoulder Pain after a Car Accident in SarasotaTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. March 11, 2014
Experiencing pain or discomfort is not uncommon in the aftermath of being involved in a car accident.
Sometimes passengers experience shoulder pain after a car accident due to a mild bruise or strain and find that their symptoms clear up on their own fairly quickly. In other cases, car accident victims can experience shoulder pain due to a severe injury that may require considerable medical care.
Soft Tissue Shoulder Injuries
Shoulder pain after a car accident is often the result of mild to moderate bruising. A bruise or contusion is caused by a direct blow to the body that damages muscle fibers and other soft tissues. These injuries often result in localized pain and/or swelling.
Shoulder pain can also be caused by strains of shoulder muscles and tendons or sprains of shoulder ligaments. Common symptoms can include pain, swelling, bruising, and a limited range of motion.
Car accidents can also be responsible for broken bones in the shoulder area, including fractures of the collarbone (clavicle), shoulder bone (scapula), and top of the upper arm bone (proximal humerus).
Rotator Cuff Tears
The force impact involved in a car accident can also cause rotator cuff injuries involving damage to the muscles and tendons responsible for securing the top of the arm within the socket of the shoulder. Common symptoms of these types of acute rotator cuff tears include severe pain and weakness within the upper arm.
Remember, symptoms of a severe shoulder injury are not always apparent at the scene of an accident. If you suspect that you may have sustained a serious injury such as a fracture or rotator cuff tear, seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
In the event that you have been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries by pursuing a personal injury claim.