We work with many car accident cases in in our Arlington office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Let's look at why shoulder pain is frequently experienced after an auto collision and see how your chiropractor can help you heal.
There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after a crash: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct trauma can be caused by striking 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 impact. With this type of trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain shortly after the wreck.
More frequently, Dr. Holcombe finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, 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 pinch nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with both types of shoulder problems in our Arlington office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Holcombe has been helping patients in Arlington since 2000, so we know what you're experiencing. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (703) 933-9000 to make an appointment.