There are several common types of shoulder pain, soreness, and injuries that may occur after a car accident:
Sprains and strains: These are common injuries that can occur when the muscles and ligaments in the shoulder are stretched or torn.
Dislocations: A dislocation occurs when the upper arm bone becomes partially or fully separated from the shoulder blade.
Bursitis: Bursitis is inflammation of the bursae, which are small fluid-filled sacs that cushion the shoulder joint.
Tendinitis: Tendinitis is inflammation of the tendons, which are the fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones.
Rotator cuff injuries: A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that help move and stabilize the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff can cause pain and difficulty moving the shoulder.
Whiplash: Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when the head and neck are suddenly thrown forward and backward, straining the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Shoulder pain and soreness can be a symptom of whiplash.
Fractured collarbone: The collarbone, or clavicle, is a long, thin bone that runs from the sternum to the shoulder blade. It is prone to fractures in a car accident.
Fractured shoulder blade: The shoulder blade, or scapula, is a flat bone that sits on the back of the chest. It can be fractured in a car accident.
Fractured upper arm bone: The upper arm bone, or humerus, runs from the shoulder to the elbow. It can be fractured in a car accident.
These types of injuries can range from mild to severe and can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty moving the shoulder. It is important to seek medical attention if you experience any shoulder pain or soreness after a car accident. A healthcare professional can diagnose the cause of the pain and recommend treatment.