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Shoulder Pain and Car Crashes

If you suffer from shoulder pain after an auto injury, don't worry. Oregon Medical Centers sees this type of condition frequently in our Salem / Keizer, OR office. Chiropractic care can be very helpful for shoulder pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes shoulder pain and why chiropractic works.

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

Direct trauma can be caused by hitting your shoulder on a hard surface 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 trauma, you'll usually be aware of the pain soon after the crash.

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

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

You don't have to suffer from shoulder pain. Oregon Medical Centers is conveniently located in Salem / Keizer, OR to help you heal, whether you've been in an auto collision or not. Oregon Medical Centers 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 (503) 390-1552 to make an appointment.