Shoulder impingement syndrome: causes and treatments
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Shoulder impingement syndrome: causes and treatments

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2020 | Driver Safety

If you’ve been in a car crash in South Dakota, you may be dealing with shoulder pain. Shoulder impingement syndrome often emerges after an auto accident. Whether mild or severe, it can leave you dealing with chronic pain and mounting medical bills. If you were not at fault, then you may file a personal injury claim to be compensated for these and other damages.

How is shoulder impingement syndrome caused?

The impingement referred to in the condition’s name is that of the rotator cuff upon the acromion. The former is a group of muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint, and the latter is a bony projection atop the shoulder joint. When torn by sudden rotational forces, the rotator cuff can rub against the acromion, causing pain.

Any event involving acceleration followed by sudden deceleration will cause those forces to go through the arm and shoulder. That’s why car accidents are a leading cause of shoulder impingement syndrome, followed by falls. In both cases, victims generally suffer the injury after bracing for the impact or the fall with their arm.

What are the possible treatments for the condition?

For those with mild symptoms, doctors may prescribe pain medications and perform an ice or heat treatment to relieve inflammation and swelling. In more serious cases, they may inject cortisone, an anti-inflammatory agent, into the shoulder. However, this can weaken the muscles.

If the symptoms persist, victims may need to undergo surgery. For example, they could have an acromioplasty performed. This is when doctors shave off the acromion to give more space between it and the rotator cuff. Recovery may take from 60 days to six months. Whatever the treatment, victims will likely need to go through physical therapy on a regular basis.

Personal attention on your accident case

Not all victims of car accidents — especially those with contributing negligence — can file a claim. To see how your case holds up to the state negligence laws, you may consult a lawyer. If you hire the lawyer, they could build up the case with evidence and then handle the settlement negotiations.