Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

If you are dealing with shoulder pain after an auto injury, don't despair. Dr. Lipsitz sees this type of condition frequently in our Waldorf, MD office. The key to recovering from shoulder pain caused by a crash is to understand the root cause of the problem and how chiropractic care can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after a car crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end impact. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Lipsitz finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both kinds of shoulder problems in our Waldorf, MD office. This treatment involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Let us help you recover from shoulder pain. Dr. Lipsitz has helped many patients with the same problem, and we can probably help you, too. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your pain and then we will determine an appropriate treatment strategy. Call us today at (301) 645-8898 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

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