I injured my shoulder in a car accident. Why is the shoulder so prone to injury in car accidents?

The most common injuries from car accidents are those to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Since the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint must be kept stable by the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding it, the shoulder becomes a prime place for car accident injuries.

The shoulder is an extremely complicated and intricate area of the body providing the broadest range of motion. It’s also the most mobile joint in the body. Three joints make up the shoulder: 1) a ball-and-socket joint, called the glenohumeral joint, which consists of the humerus (upper arm bone) connecting to the curved structure formed by the scapula (shoulder blade); 2) the acromioclavicular, or the “AC joint,” which is made up of the clavicle (collarbone) and scapula; and, 3) the sternoclavicular joint, which is the connection between the clavicle and the sternum (breastbone). Together these joints provide for great range of mobility, but require great stability to work in coordination with each other.

The shoulder’s mobility, though, is both a blessing and a curse. For stability the shoulder must be kept in place by the soft tissue surrounding it. Soft tissue consists of tendons, ligaments, and muscles; disruption of the soft tissue can also cause injury. Also since the ball of the joint is larger than the shoulder socket, the shoulder joint is easily injured. The structures that allow for the great mobility that we often take for granted, can easily be affected by the collisions we see in car accidents.

Contacting a Massachusetts Personal Injury Attorney

If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury caused by an accident in any of the SouthCoast towns, including New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fall River or Fairhaven, you may have rights. The Massachusetts personal injury lawyers at Phillips & Garcia, P.C. can help you receive compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering resulting from an accident in which you’ve injured your shoulder. Contact us to schedule your FREE legal consultation today – 1-877-892-5620

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Mark’s Daily Apple