If you suffer from shoulder pain after a car crash, you're not alone. Dr. Poelking sees this type of condition frequently in our Kettering office. What causes shoulder pain after an auto collision? How can chiropractic help?
There are at least two different ways that you can get shoulder pain after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting 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 crash. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.
More commonly, Dr. Poelking finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn't immediately appear after a crash, but starts a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder discomfort actually starts in the neck. Injured ligaments or muscles in your spine can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've treated both kinds of shoulder pain in our Kettering office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
If you've been injured in a car crash and you're struggling with shoulder pain, Dr. Poelking is here to help. Dr. Poelking will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (937) 299-2900 to make an appointment.