The shoulder socket is shallow and unstable, and hence, prone to injuries in auto accidents.
Shoulder injuries are a common result of St. Louis car accidents. The shoulder socket is shallow and unstable, and hence, prone to injuries. The part of the shoulder blade that makes up the socket is known as the glenoid. The glenoid labrum is the layer of cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. It turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket, and gives more room to the humeral head to fit into the socket. The labrum also stabilizes the shoulder joint by keeping the humeral head in the scapula. A torn labrum or shoulder socket injury is a common outcome of car accidents.
Common symptoms of tear in the shoulder socket
Most symptoms of a tear in the shoulder socket are similar to that of many other major shoulder injuries. These include:
- A feeling of instability in the shoulder
- Locking or popping sensation or sound
- Pain when performing overhead activities
- Decreased strength
- Inability to sleep on shoulder and nighttime pain
- A decrease in range of motion
Diagnosing a torn labrum/shoulder socket
This injury is generally diagnosed by physical exams and clinical observations. A doctor will also take the medical history of the accident victim, and ask how exactly the injury occurred. The doctor will perform several tests to determine stability, mobility and the kind of motions that cause pain.
Irregularities in bones are diagnosed using X-rays, however, they are not useful in diagnosis of glenoid labral tears, because the glenoid labrum is not made of bone, and is instead composed of soft tissue. An MRI or CT scan is typically the best test for diagnosis of a glenoid labrum tear.
How is a torn labrum treated?
A torn labrum is a painful injury and restricts movement. The treatment usually depends on the type and severity of the tear. If the car accident victim is not experiencing serious pain, discomfort and other discomforts the doctor may just prescribe rest and anti-inflammatory medications. The doctor may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the labrum. This can greatly reduce the stress and tension on the labrum, and give it time to heal. However, if the injury is extremely serious, the patient may have to undergo surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is used when all other treatment options fail.
Have you suffered a shoulder injury in a St. Louis car accident?
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, past and future loss of income, physical therapy and rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering depending on the severity of the injury and the way it has impacted you.