If you are dealing with shoulder pain after a car accident, you're not alone. Dr. Matthisen sees this type of problem frequently in our Anchorage office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after a car accident and see how chiropractic care can help.
There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder problems after a crash: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.
Direct injury can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface in the car during the impact, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the crash.
More commonly, Dr. Matthisen finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the neck. Injured soft tissue in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with both types of shoulder pain in our Anchorage office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Matthisen has been helping patients in Anchorage since 1995, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Matthisen 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 (907) 349-4212 to make an appointment.