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Car accidents may result in shoulder injuries

As South Carolina drivers may know, trauma such as that encountered in a car accident may injure the shoulder. The shoulder is a major joint with three articulations for the humerus, scapula and clavicle. While any of these three bones may be fractured, scapular and clavicular fractures are the most common. The deltoid muscle protects the shoulder joint, and the area under the muscle, called a bursa, absorbs shock.

A fracture is a break in a bone. Fractures of the clavicle or the upper part of the humerus are commonly the result of a car accident. However, the scapula, which is the winged bone in the back of the thoracic area, is also susceptible to breaks, but this is less common.

Symptoms associated with a humeral fracture include swelling, pain and limited motion. A scapular fracture causes pain and swelling as well as bruising over the rear-chest wall. If the clavicle is fractured, swelling may occur about the bone's mid-portion, and the individual might experience somewhat limited motion in the shoulder. In addition, the ends where the clavicle is broken might feel like small bumps under the skin.

Clavicular and humeral fractures generally do not require surgery unless the ends of the bone are displaced. When that happens, pins, plates or screws may be used to keep the bone in position. Treatment of scapular fractures is usually aimed at immobilization and decreasing pain and swelling. Up to 20 percent of fractured scapulae require surgery.

If a driver suffers a fractured shoulder in a car crash that occurred because of another person's error, he or she may benefit from speaking with an attorney. The attorney may review accident data and file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages due to the cost of medical care and lost wages.

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