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If you’ve ever been in an auto accident, you know just how traumatic it can be. In addition to the mental, emotional, and financial turmoil, many people experience bruises, tension, pain, and general soreness throughout the body. While they don’t always show up right away due to shock, when symptoms do present themselves, they can be debilitating.

How Do Shoulders Get Injured during an Auto Accident?

The top cause of shoulder injuries during a collision actually comes from a life-saving device: the seatbelt. These are simple yet amazing tools that keep you in place when met with the force of an accident.

While they do provide this safety, they can also cause injuries. They work by locking you in place. This means that as the force of the accident is trying to move your body, the seatbelt is keeping you still. Because it lies across your shoulder, it can easily cause injuries such as:

  • Dislocations

  • Torn rotator cuffs

  • Sprains

  • Strains

  • Bruises deep in the tissue and more

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

When you visit a chiropractor, you might have an assessment of your musculoskeletal system – not just your shoulder. This might happen for a couple of reasons.

The first is that just because you feel pain in an area doesn’t mean that’s where an injury lies. Shoulder pain could be due to a shoulder injury, but it can also be caused by an issue in the back. It might be useful to assess the entire musculoskeletal system to determine where the root cause lies.

The second reason is that pain in one area can mask pain in another. Your shoulder pain may be excruciating and hard to ignore, but that can make it easy to ignore pain in the back. A full assessment allows a chiropractor to identify all injuries.

After this assessment, the chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan to address all issues. This might include some combination of the following:

  • Adjustments to the spine and extremities to restore alignment

  • Soft tissue techniques to relieve tension, inflammation, and pain while encouraging natural healing

  • Therapeutic exercise to stretch and strengthen the impacted tissues of the shoulder

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