Shoulder Pain is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Kari Hawkins sees often in our Redondo Beach office. Why is shoulder pain such a common condition after an auto injury? How can your chiropractor help you heal?
There are at least two ways that you can get shoulder pain after a crash: by direct injury to the shoulder or by radiating pain from the neck.
Direct damage can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard object 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 shortly after the crash.
More commonly, Dr. Kari Hawkins finds that shoulder or arm pain does not immediately appear after a collision, 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 spine can squeeze nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or pain in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.
We've worked with both types of shoulder problems in our Redondo Beach office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine's natural mobility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.
Dr. Kari Hawkins has been helping patients in Redondo Beach since 2003, so we know what you're living with. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Kari Hawkins will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (310) 540-8333 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.