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Shoulder injuries after Massachusetts car accidents

In a car accident, it is common for victims to suffer from shoulder injuries. They can be as minor as a joint or muscle strain to a broken shoulder blade or clavicle. Injuries to the shoulder are classified as fractures, dislocations and soft-tissue injuries. Fractures occur when a bone is broken such as the proximal humerus or the scapula.A dislocation occurs when the bones on either side of the joint do not line up properly. For instance, a separated shoulder occurs when the collar bone joint is dislocated. When the sternoclavicular joint is dislocated, it can result in a loss of connectivity between the breast bone and the sternum. Finally, the ball and socket joint in the shoulder can be dislocated toward the front or toward the back. General symptoms of a dislocated shoulder joint include pain, swelling and a general inability to move the shoulder. Often, the shoulder will not look right or will make a grinding sound when it is moved. In most cases, a shoulder strain, dislocation or fracture can be treated without the need for a surgical procedure. Typically, they are diagnosed with an X-ray or other imaging equipment. A patient may have his or her arm put in a sling and may take several weeks or months recovering from the injury.Injury victims who suffer from broken bones in a car crash that was due to the negligence of another driver may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney in order to ensure that legal action is taken prior to any statute of limitations expiring. If successful, an injury victim may be able to win compensation for medical bills and lost wages. Source: American Academy of Orthopeadic Surgeons, “Shoulder Trauma (Fractures and Dislocations)”, accessed on Feb. 7, 2015

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