Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

Shoulder Pain is a common symptom after a car accident, and it's something that Dr. Palmer sees often in our Lancaster office. Let's look at why shoulder pain is frequently experienced after an auto injury and see how chiropractic can help you heal.

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

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

More commonly, Dr. Palmer finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured muscles or ligaments in your spine can tweak nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Lancaster office. This process involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Palmer is here in Lancaster to help you recover from shoulder pain. We've been helping patients since 2002 and we can probably help you, too. Dr. Palmer will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (716) 668-2225 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.