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Overview of Shoulder Injuries From Car Wrecks


Car Wreck Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries come in many different forms. These range from soft tissue injuries to serious fractures.


Shoulder injuries are the result of an array of different types of traumatic events. A common cause of shoulder injuries is car wrecks.


Muscle or Soft Tissue Shoulder Injuries


Muscle or soft tissue injuries are four different types of damages. Soft tissue injuries are torn:

  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Joint capsule

The two most common types of specific soft tissue injuries associated with the shoulder are labral tears and rotator cuff tears. These two types of injuries, and generally all types of soft tissue damage, are reparable. However, the amount of time needed to recover from a shoulder soft tissue issue varies from one situation to another. Generally, an orthopedic doctor will treat this type of injury.


Although a person eventually heals from shoulder soft tissue injuries, an individual can be out of commission for what can prove to be an extended period of time. For example, if a person suffers a shoulder soft tissue injury in a car accident, he or she may be unable to return to work for a period of time.


Shoulder Dislocation


Shoulder dislocation is a common shoulder injury from an automobile accident. There are three types of shoulder dislocations.


A common type of shoulder dislocation medically is known as a dislocated acromioclavicular joint. This commonly is known as a separated shoulder.


The second type of shoulder dislocation is medically called a dislocation of the sternoclavicular. This is a dislocation of the connection between the clavicle and sternum or breastbone.


Finally, the third type of shoulder dislocation is medically labeled a dislocation of the glenohumeral joint. This is the dislocation of the ball and socket in a person’s shoulder.


All dislocations are treatable. However, they are painful and can take varying amounts of time to heal. A person can be precluded from engaging in normal activities, including work while recovering. Lost wage claims can be substantial with a serious shoulder injury, especially if the job requires lifting on manual labor.


Shoulder Fractures


Shoulder fractures are broken bones in a person’s shoulder. There are three types of shoulder fractures that arise from traumatic events, like a car accident.


A fractured clavicle, or collarbone, is one of the types of shoulder fractures. The other two types of shoulder fractures are a broken scapula, or shoulder blade, and a broken proximal humerus, or top of a person’s upper arm.


Shoulder fractures can be treated. Sometimes a person ends up with at least some type of permanent impairment. The pain associated with a shoulder fracture can be severe. In addition, healing from this type of fracture can take a more extended period of time.