Shoulder Pain and Auto Injury

If you are dealing with shoulder pain after an auto injury, you're not alone. Dr. Dorn sees this type of condition often in our Killeen, TX office. Let's look at the root cause of shoulder pain after a car accident and see how your chiropractor can help.

There are at least two different ways that you can develop shoulder problems after an accident: by direct trauma to the shoulder joint or by referred 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 often be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More frequently, Dr. Dorn finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the trauma. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured ligaments or muscles in your neck can pinch nerves in your neck, causing tingling, numbness, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We've treated both types of shoulder problems in our Killeen, TX office. This approach involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Dorn has been helping patients in Killeen, TX since 1998, so we know what you're going through. 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. Call us today at (254) 690-7090 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.

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