Why do I have pain between my shoulder blades after a car accident?

Why do I have pain between my shoulder blades after a car accident?

You were recently in a car accident.  You’re having some neck stiffness and headaches, which you feel is normal after a car accident…but you are having significant pain between your shoulder blades.  It is sharp at times and hurts terribly when you take a deep breath or twist the wrong way.  WHAT IN THE WORLD IS CAUSING THIS PAIN?

Car accidents are extremely violent!  Even those that are at lower impacts involve tremendous forces and can cause a lot of different injuries.  The most common symptoms after a car accident is neck pain and/or headaches.  This happens because the forces cause the head to get ‘whipped’ around and thereby straining the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints in the neck.  Which then will cause neck pain and headaches.

Why then do so many people have pain that occurs in their mid-back usually right between their shoulder blades?

A lot of time injury in this area happens due to a number of factors such as:

  • Impact type (rear end, side impact or frontal impact)
  • Your position and posture at the time of impact
  • Seat belt location on your shoulder
  • Position of head at time of impact
When you look at these factors along with any underlying conditions it is a common symptom to have pain in the mid-back after a car accident.  There are numerous joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons & nerves in that area of the spine.  If even one of those areas gets injured it can cause pain.  Each individual vertebrae in the thoracic spine has 8 different articulations (joints) at each level.  That means there is a tremendous likelihood that something is going to be injured.

If you are having pain in the mid-back after a car accident the first thing you need to do is to determine exactly what was injured and the severity of that injury.  The second thing to do is then get specific treatment to help the body to heal properly.

At Spinal Rehab of North County we are experts with over 40 years combined experience evaluating and treating people that have been injured in car accidents.  Call our office now to set up a free consultation and 30m massage 801-492-9300.  We are here to help you.

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