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Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder and a Separated Shoulder

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Symptoms of a Dislocated Shoulder and a Separated Shoulder

By Griff O'Hanlon, Virginia Car Accident Attorney

On occasions, people who are hurt in car wrecks and other accidents can suffer shoulder injuries. These can be very painful, take a long time to heal and disrupt your life.

Serious injuries to shoulders include a dislocated shoulder and a separated shoulder. Although these injuries are often confused, they are distinct and separate.

What Are the Differences Between a Dislocated Shoulder and a Separated Shoulder?

Dislocated Shoulder

You may dislocate your shoulder when a fall or a heavy blow causes the top of your arm bone to pop out of the shoulder socket. This is extremely painful. In the most severe cases of dislocated shoulder, the nerves and tissues around the shoulder joint get damaged. If you keep on dislocating your shoulder, you could end up with chronic instability and weakness.

Separated Shoulder

Despite the name, this injury doesn't directly impact your shoulder joint. In the case of a separated shoulder, a blow tears one of the ligaments that connects the collarbone to the shoulder blade. The collarbone may shift out of position because it’s not anchored and hit the skin near the top of your shoulder. A separated shoulder can cause deformity although most people recover over time.

Shoulder Injuries After a Car Crash

If you sustain a shoulder injury after a car crash, it can be difficult to diagnose or to identify the source of the pain. It’s important that the injury is diagnosed promptly so as it can form part of a claim.

Here are some of the issues you can face if you suffer a shoulder injury after a car wreck.

1 – The pain may not appear for several days;

2 – You may make the mistake of thinking the pain will recede and postponing seeing a doctor;

3 – Your doctor may not realize you have a shoulder problem until months later.

If you have been in a car wreck, make sure to see your doctor as soon as you feel pain. Give your doctor the full details and ask if you can have an MRI.

As well as a dislocated or a separated shoulder, there are many other shoulder problems you could experience in a car crash, including the following:

If you have suffered a shoulder injury from a car, truck or motorcycle wreck, a slip, and fall or another type of accident, you could face a lengthy time off work and considerable disruption to your life. It’s important to recover the most from an at-fault driver. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.



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