Shoulder impingement syndrome is one condition that California drivers can incur in the wake of a car accident. The pain can be intense, and the injury may require surgery, but victims may fully recovery in six months at the longest.
The nature of the injury
The shoulder joint is held in place by a group of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff. In a car crash, the force that goes through the driver’s arm and shoulder, especially when he or she clutches the steering wheel, can tear the rotator cuff. This can then rub against the acromion, which is the end of the shoulder blade. This painful rubbing is shoulder impingement syndrome.
There are times when the condition can appear without showing any symptoms. Asymptomatic shoulder impingement syndrome is usually the result of the shoulder degenerating with age.
Treating shoulder impingement syndrome
Initial treatments may be conservative: usually, an ice or heat treatment along with medications to reduce the swelling and inflammation. The doctor may recommend physical therapy, chiropractic care or therapeutic massages as a way for patients to improve their range of motion and regain muscle strength.
More extensive treatments could include cortisone shots in the shoulder joint or even surgery. Doctors may shave off bone spurs to give space between the rotator cuff and acromion.
For those injured in a car accident
Through no fault of your own, you suffered a personal injury in a car wreck. Perhaps the other driver was speeding, drunk, distracted or all three. Whatever the nature of your case, there’s the chance that you can file a claim against that driver’s auto insurance company. The process can be complicated, so it may be best to hire a lawyer. The lawyer may, in turn, hire crash investigators and other third parties to help.