Shoulder discomfort is a problem experienced by many car crash patients, and there are two basic explanations.
The first is direct trauma to the shoulder during the impact. If your shoulder strikes something directly, it can damage the joint capsule. Also, if you are clenching the steering wheel firmly during a rear-end collision, your torso can lag behind the car, putting tension on your wrists and shoulders.
The second cause of shoulder pain is not so direct and can be more difficult to identify. Stress to the neck or spine can produce pressure on the nerve fibers that travel from the spine to your shoulder, arm, and hands. This can be perplexing, as the discomfort or numbness is sensed in one part of your body, while the problem is actually in your spine.
Chiropractic is a well-known, successful way to help people with shoulder pain, and we've been working with these types of injuries in San Francisco, CA since 2006.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident and have symptoms of shoulder injury, Dr. Stern is here to help. We can help pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We've helped many people in San Francisco, CA recover from these sorts of injuries.
Call our office today at (415) 308-7636 for a consultation or for more advice.