Shoulder Pain and Car Accidents

Shoulder Pain is a common problem after a car crash, and it’s something that Dr. Naenifard sees often in our Fairmount Heights office. Why is shoulder pain such a common problem after a car accident? How can chiropractic care help you recover?

There are at least two ways that you can develop shoulder problems after an accident: by direct injury to the shoulder or by referred pain from the neck.


Direct trauma can be caused by striking your shoulder on a hard surface 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 usually be aware of the pain soon after the wreck.

More commonly, Dr. Naenifard finds that shoulder or arm pain doesn’t immediately appear after a crash, but begins a few days or weeks after the accident. This type of shoulder pain actually starts in the cervical spine. Injured soft tissue in your spine can tweak nerves in your neck, causing numbness, tingling, or soreness in your shoulder, elbow, or wrist.

We’ve treated both kinds of shoulder problems in our Fairmount Heights office. This care involves chiropractic adjustments to restore your spine’s natural flexibility and home exercises that strengthen your neck and shoulder.

If you’ve been injured in a car crash and you’re struggling with shoulder pain, Dr. Naenifard is here to help. Dr. Naenifard will first determine what’s causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (301) 925-2013 to make an appointment.

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