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Dislocated and separated shoulders are different serious injuries

Motorcyclists who are struck by vehicles can suffer from a host of injuries. If the motorcyclist falls off of the motorcycle or is hit in the shoulder, he or she might suffer from a separated shoulder or a dislocated shoulder. These are actually two very different conditions.

A separated shoulder occurs when a ligament that attaches the shoulder blade and the collarbone is severed. Without the ligament, the collarbone can get pushed up so that it makes the shoulder area appear deformed. This condition causes intense pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness in the collarbone area and the shoulder.

A dislocated shoulder is an injury that affects the shoulder joint. In this injury, the ball at the top of the arm comes out of the cup-shaped joint that keeps it stable. If the dislocation is severe, you can suffer from nerve damage or tissue damage. A dislocated shoulder causes pain that gets worse when you try to move your arm. It can also cause deformation that looks like a bump on the back of the shoulder or the front.

Medical care is necessary if you are suffering from a separated shoulder or a dislocated shoulder. The injury will also need time to heal, which means that you might be restricted as to what you can do. This can affect your life at home, work and school.

If you suffered from one of these shoulder injuries, you might decide that you want to take action against the driver who slammed into your motorcycle. This is possible if you choose to file a personal injury claim against that driver to seek compensation.

Source: WebMD, "Dislocated Shoulder and Separated Shoulder," accessed Feb. 03, 2016

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