Shoulder & Upper Back Pain

Shoulder pain and upper back pain can be a major factor in disrupting a person’s daily activities. The shoulders and upper back contain several muscles, ligaments, nerves, arteries, and bones that can cause an abundance of pain when injured from an auto accident.

Auto accidents can lead to a variety of injuries and conditions. These might include a dislocated shoulder, muscle strains near the neck, and a herniated disk in the cervical section of the spine. The spinal cord, particularly in the upper back, is a vital area where untreated injuries can lead to serious complications. It’s common for auto accidents to result in direct impact to muscles and ligaments, causing inflammation. The resultant discomfort can persist for days, weeks, or even months, depending on the injury’s severity. If persistent pain in the shoulder and upper back is experienced, it could indicate damage to the cervical spine sustained during the collision. When pain arises, it’s crucial for individuals to prioritize an assessment with a chiropractor. Chiropractors possess the expertise to address numerous spine and back-related conditions, eliminating the need for enduring pain after consistent treatment. Our non-surgical approach to alleviating pain and facilitating injury recovery has been notably successful.

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Shoulder Injuries and Causes of Upper Back Pain

Here are some of the most common injuries that can result from an auto accident.

 Broken collarbone: Falling on an outstretched arm can cause the collarbone to break

 Broken shoulder blade: A shoulder blade injury is usually associated with relatively forceful trauma

 Rotator cuff injuries: The rotator cuff can be injured from consistent throwing or repetitive use

 Shoulder or A-C separation: The collarbone and shoulder blade can be injured when the ligament connecting them is stretched or torn

 Whiplash injury: Ligament and muscle strain are results of whiplash and are caused by sudden acceleration or deceleration, as in an auto accident

How Do Chiropractors Assess Shoulder and Upper Back Pain?

When faced with a patient experiencing shoulder and upper back pain, a chiropractor typically begins by reviewing x-rays or MRI scans and conducting a hands-on physical assessment. One of the complexities for doctors lies in quantifying pain, as it hinges largely on communication. Establishing a constructive conversation about pain with the patient can be daunting, given the breadth of details required in a limited timeframe.

To comprehend the pain, doctors evaluate its nature – whether it’s sporadic or constant, its characteristics (like sharp, dull, burning sensations), its triggers, its peak times during the day, and its intensity on a scale of 0-10. Once a rapport is established and the scope of pain understood, medical practitioners delve into past treatments and current medications.

Some physicians may advise patients to maintain a pain diary to chart pain levels, offering a clearer insight into the pain’s cyclical behavior. A comprehensive assessment ensures that doctors can prescribe the most effective treatment, alleviating the patient’s distress.

Shoulder and upper back pain shouldn’t hold you back from embracing life fully. Depending on your specific condition, seeking assistance from a chiropractor could be the answer. Book your complimentary consultation now.

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