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Shoulder injuries such as fractures, dislocations, and tears of the ligaments and tendons are a common result of car accidents. These injures can lead to permanent loss of mobility, which makes living a normal, daily life difficult. In addition, a car accident victim may wonder who will pay for the medical expenses.
Anatomy of the Shoulder
A shoulder is composed of three parts – the humerus, the clavicle, and the scapula. The shoulder is a simple ball and socket joint where the different parts work in conjunction through the acromioclavicular joint inside the clavicle. The bones are connected by tendons and ligaments.
The shoulder has the most flexibility in the body through a wider range of motion that other joints do not have – reaching up, down, and side to side. Because of this flexibility, there is a higher probability of suffering an injury to the shoulder.
Shoulder Injuries Caused by Trauma
When there is an injury to the shoulder, it is either a fracture to one of the bones in the shoulder region or there are tears of the ligaments or tendons, sometimes both. In many cases, shoulder fracture is accompanied by tears of connective muscle fibers.
- Torn rotator cuff – The tendons around the scapula make up a ring that keeps the arm bone in the shoulder socket. Tears to these tendons usually occur when a person tries to break a fall, when a person tries to brace themselves in a car accident, or when the body is tense before an accident.
- Broken collar bone – A clavicle bone is extremely thin when compared to other bones in the body and can easily be fractured in a car crash or when hit by a blunt object.
- Nerve injuries – The number of tissues in the shoulder have several nerve endings that can lead to major pain and numbness if they are damaged.
Treatment for Shoulder Injuries
A shoulder injury can cause immense pain, and the person will likely have bruises, stiffness, a numbing sensation down the arm, and may have trouble lifting the arm. Fractures are discovered by X-ray while the tears of the muscle fibers (tendons, ligaments) are found by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
The treatment for serious shoulder injuries may include surgery and physical therapy. Minor injuries, such as small tears, may only require an arthoscopic surgery using small incisions.
Chicago Car Crash Attorney
Have you sustained a shoulder injury in a car accident? Consult a Chicago car crash attorney to help you with your claim. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.