Victim of a Shoulder Injury After a Car Accident in San Diego? Our Attorneys Can Help
Car Accident Shoulder Injuries
Your shoulder is the most often injured joints in the body. Along with falls and sports accidents, car and other motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of shoulder injuries. In vehicle accidents, the left shoulder is more susceptible to injury due to its proximity to the driver's side door and the fact that the seat belt shoulder strap goes over that shoulder. When an accident occurs, the left shoulder is often the first thing that is restrained by the seat belt.
If you have suffered a shoulder injury in a car accident, you could be saddled with significant medical bills, and face a substantial loss of income. To recover the losses you've suffered it is vital that you consult an San Diego shoulder injury attorney. San Diego's Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully representing Southern California injury victims since 2000. Call our offices today for a free consultation at (888) 233-5020.
AC Joint Injuries
The AC joint (acromioclavicular joint) and the separation of the two bones forming this joint is caused by damage to the ligaments which connect them. It may commonly be referred to as a "shoulder separation" injury. The AC joint is formed by the out end of your collar bone (clavicle), and the acromion process of the shoulder blade (scapular). This joint forms in the highest part of the shoulder. The two bones attach by the acromioclavicular ligament. The AC joint could be affected by other closely worked body fissures within that region to cause pain, discomfort, atrophy, and loss of range of motion.
An AC joint injury may commonly be referred to as a "shoulder separation" injury.
Symptoms of an AC joint injury include pain at the end of the collarbone, widespread pain throughout the shoulder followed by pain at a specific site, swelling, a possible step-deformity with an obvious lump where the joint has been disrupted, and pain when moving the shoulders, especially when trying to raise the arms above shoulder height.
Because joints are so dense with muscle, tendons, cartilage and ligaments, any number of injuries in these areas can affect another.
Impingement syndrome is caused by the tendons of the rotator cuff becoming irritated and inflamed as they pass through a narrow bony space near the shoulder called the subacromial space. This creates a problem because it can lead to thickening of the tendon, which can cause the tendons to become larger and larger and cause even greater degree of impingement in the shoulder joint.
External symptoms of impingement include pain at the front or side of the shoulder joint with activity that requires your arms to move above shoulder level, such as throwing or swimming, and pain at the back or front of the shoulder when the arm is held out to the side or turned outwards.
Impingement syndrome is sometimes referred to as "Swimmer's shoulder" or "Thrower's shoulder".
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
It is not uncommon for neurogenic and vascular TOS to both exist within the same person. A majority of doctors agree that TOS is caused by the compression of the brachial plexus or subclavian vessels as they pass through narrow passageways leading from the base of the neck to the armpit and arm, though it's diagnosis and treatment remain disputed. TOS tends to be more common in women. Doctors recommend nerve conduction studies, or imaging studies to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of TOS.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is an umbrella term that encompasses three related syndromes that can cause pain in the arm, shoulder, and neck: neurogenic TOS, vascular TOS, and nonspecific TOS. (Images Courtesy of North County Graphics)
Contact an Experienced Shoulder Injury Attorney in San Diego
Jurewitz Law Group has helped many people get the settlement they needed after a shoulder injury. Call our San Diego injury lawyers today to get on the path to recovery. You can reach us at (888) 233-5020.
Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.