Car accidents can be traumatizing in more ways than one. For starters, a car accident can cause you to suffer physical and emotional injuries, such as a labral tear and post-traumatic stress disorder. A labral tear is a serious issue that can change how you live your life because of the limited mobility you will have with your arm. The labrum is made up of fibrocartilage tissue that connects to the socket of your shoulder to keep the shoulder stable. A labral tear happens when there is damage to the fibrocartilage tissue and it can lead to serious pain and other issues with your shoulder and arm.

How Labral Tears Happen in Car Accidents

Labral tears can happen because of any of the following circumstances in a car accident:

  • You were holding onto the steering wheel with a tight grip when the accident happened;
  • Your shoulder suffered a direct blow in the car accident;
  • You anticipated the car accident, which led your body to become tense or tight.

Common Symptoms of a Labral Tear

The symptoms you will most likely experience from a labral tear caused by a car accident include the following:

  • Instability in the joint
  • Weakness
  • Vague pain
  • Stiffness
  • Clicking or popping when moving the shoulder

Impacts of a Labral Tear on Your Life

A labral tear can have a major impact on your daily life, especially since it involves the shoulder, which you use more often than not during the course of the day. Some of the impacts you will experience include the following:

  • Inability to lift objects
  • Loss of arm rotation
  • Grinding or clicking feeling and sounds
  • Ongoing pain and discomfort
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Feeling of heaviness in the arm
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