Car & Bike Accident Injuries

Daniel Schwartz, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Shoulder Specialist, Seattle, WA

Car Accident’s Shoulder Injuries

Car and bike accidents can have a profound impact on the shoulders, often leading to debilitating injuries. The force and trauma sustained during these accidents can result in various shoulder conditions, ranging from mild to severe. Car accidents can inflict significant trauma on the shoulders, leading to a spectrum of injuries. The force of impact and sudden jolts during a collision can result in various shoulder conditions, ranging from minor sprains to severe fractures and dislocations.

Impact on Shoulder Anatomy

The complex structure of the shoulder, including bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, is susceptible to damage during a car accident. The rapid deceleration or direct impact can cause the shoulder to absorb excessive force, resulting in injuries that demand immediate attention.

Common Shoulder Injuries

  • Rotator Cuff Tears: The rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons, is susceptible to tears during accidents due to sudden impact or dislocation.
  • Shoulder Fractures: Direct trauma can lead to fractures in the clavicle, scapula, or humerus.
  • AC Joint Injuries: Accidents may cause injuries to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, leading to pain and instability.
  • Dislocations: The force of an impact can cause the shoulder joint to dislocate, requiring prompt medical attention.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries: Damage to ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues can result in pain and reduced mobility

Diagnosis and Treatment

A timely and accurate diagnosis is crucial for effective treatment. Advanced imaging techniques, such as MRI or X-rays, help identify the extent of the damage. Treatment options range from conservative measures like rest, ice, and physical therapy for milder injuries to surgical interventions for severe cases.

Treatment Options for Shoulder Injuries

The approach to treating shoulder injuries varies based on the severity of the condition. Our experienced team provides comprehensive solutions, including:


  • Non-Surgical Interventions: Physical therapy, medications, and lifestyle modifications for milder injuries.
  • Surgical Procedures: advanced surgical interventions for severe cases, such as arthroscopic repairs or joint replacement.
  • Physical Therapy: Tailored rehabilitation programs to restore strength, flexibility, and functionality.

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Pre- and Post-Surgery Measures:

To ensure the best results, it is crucial to take specific measures before and after surgery:


  • Pre-Surgery: Thorough evaluation, imaging, and discussions to understand the individual’s unique condition.
  • Post-Surgery: Adherence to rehabilitation protocols, medications, and follow-up appointments for monitoring progress.

Rehabilitation and Recovery Journey:

Recovering from shoulder injuries after a car accident involves overcoming challenges like stiffness, weakness, and pain. Our tailored rehabilitation program is designed to address these hurdles, ensuring a successful recovery. With a focus on restoring strength, flexibility, and functionality, our comprehensive approach minimizes pain and prevents long-term complications. Whether post-surgery or non-surgical, our rehabilitation protocols are essential for a smooth recovery journey.


  • Physical Therapy: targeted exercises to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, and enhance joint stability.
  • Gradual Progression: Rehabilitation involves gradual increases in intensity to avoid overexertion and ensure a sustainable recovery.
  • Patient Education: Empowering patients with knowledge on home exercises, pain management, and lifestyle adjustments.

Patient Testimonials

Patient Testimonials

“Hello Dr. Schwartz & Melissa : ) Congratulations on your move! It sounds like your expertise is I consider you absolutely tops in your profession and your dedication. You have saved me from debilitating pain and instability from my injured shoulders. You and your team have always treated me with up most care and professionalism.. Your expertise and healing powers where evident from my first visit onward...I immediately felt GREAT and reassured that I made the right decision! I will have no problem recommending Dr. Schwartz M.D. to anyone. Thank-you.”


Wondering if someone could tell Dr. Schwartz that the Deltoid muscle lift exercises are definitely helping. It seems to be getting a little stronger already. I can’t lift my arm by itself yet, but, I can easily lower my arm slowly now, and my reach is a little better, too. I was even able to easily reach down to lace and tie my own hiking boots today! . I really appreciate him, so didn’t want to wait to tell him till my next appointment in January.”


“Dr Schwartz, You performed should surgery on my shoulder two years ago and I have had a great outcome! I am from Alaska and flew down to have you fix my shoulder so that I could resume my life as a massage therapist. Everything is going great!! I so appreciate your help in my recovery. The reason I am writing is that I have a client with a reverse shoulder surgery and I am trying to help him recover but I am not able to really figure out how the muscles all work to move the shoulder...I find that the deltoid is the main mover now but I was wondering if you had any resources to help my understand how all the muscles attach now so that I can help my client. His surgery was in California in January so not done in your office. I realize that this may be a lot to ask but if you could help I'd appreciate it. Thanks! ~wendy hooker PS We had our first big Aurora show last night and it was spectacular!! :)”


“I was put at ease from my 1st visit with Dr. Schwartz. He and Joy, his nurse, and surgery schedulers were very professional and thorough. Most of all, I felt very comfortable on the day of surgery, and afterwards. Dr. Schwartz was very thorough in his explanations. It was so nice to see my surgeon and nurse the morning of surgery smiling at me. Overall a very positive experience!”


“I’ve had very positive experiences with my treatment and the staff. I’ve been really happy with the results of my shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repair) and am more than happy to make referrals of my friends to see Dr. Schwartz and Joy in clinic! If I had to do it all over again, I no doubt would return to see Dr. Schwartz at The Sports Medicine Clinic.”


“I had my shoulder replaced with Dr. S and my shoulder has not felt this good in years! I can finally sleep peacefully at night, and move my arm in ways I could have only dreamed off preop! If you have questions ask Dr. S to send you my way, I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about getting you shoulder replaced with him.tions ask Dr. S to send you my way, I’ll be more than happy to talk to you about getting you shoulder replaced with him.”


“I suffered from multiple shoulder dislocations, and was treated surgically by Dr. Dan Schwartz and was impressed by his thoroughness from the start. He listened very well, and I felt at ease with him from the start. He explained all of the surgical options, and we proceeded with the right option that was right for me. Since surgery, I have been so happy and have strongly recommended him to anyone that will listen! Thanks Dr. Schwartz!”


Thank you so much Dr. Daniel Schwartz for your great work! As a Physical Therapist I did a lot of research to find a shoulder surgeon highly qualified to carry out my Mother's reverse shoulder replacement. I appreciated your taking the time to explain the procedure to my parents, and the surgery turned out better than my mom ever expected. Your staff was kind, professional, and competent. It was well worth the drive from Eastern Washington and I will recommend you to all my patients in need of a shoulder surgery.”


This is the first online comment that I have ever left for a person, product or service, however I was so impressed by Dr. Schwartz as a human being and a surgeon that I felt compelled to share my story. I had a bone chip in my elbow that intermittently (depending where it floated) rendered my elbow immobile. Despite a fairly lengthy procedure, within two days I had minimal swelling and near full mobility. I should note that I was the last patient of the week on Friday afternoon (most medical advisers would recommend against this time slot), and Dr. Schwartz"s previous operation had been particularly challenging. Yet he was kind, caring, and focused in our pre-operative meeting and he performed flawlessly. I might also note that I'm a guy who tries to avoid hospitals and doctors whenever possible, in fact I didn't even go to my primary care doctor until months after the ski accident that caused my injury. I would give kudos to Dr. Schwartz and special mention of his nurse, Joy, during my exams and surgery for allaying my fears and phobias and making the whole episode as good as one could ever expect.”

Gary P Ballard

Dr. Schwartz and Joy are the best!!”


“Greetings: I am an attorney who represents Ms. Laura Kent, a former patient of Dr. Schwartz in 2018. This case is coming up for arbitration in a couple weeks and I would like to get an opinion from Dr. Schwartz as to whether the diagnosis he made oflateral epicondylitis of the right elbow was causally connected to the motor vehicle collision in this matter. Please call or email at your earliest convenience.”

Joe Baker

Just a note to say thank you for the thorough and well-composed information about rotator cuff and sleep. It was really the best I could find. Much gratitude.”


“Was referred by a past patient of yours. Would like to see how quickly I could get in for a Grade 3 AC tear.”



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