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Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

We manage many car accident cases in in our Gresham, OR office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is shoulder pain. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after an accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder pain after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder joint or by referred pain from the neck.

Direct injury can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object in the car during the crash, or can occur if you have a tight grip on the steering wheel during a rear end collision. With this type of injury, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

More commonly, Dr. Robert Ramsey 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 ligaments or muscles in your spine can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both kinds of shoulder problems in our Gresham, OR office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Robert Ramsey has been helping patients in Gresham, OR since 1997, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to determine the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (503) 667-6744 to make an appointment.