Charles Woodson Injury Explained by Personal Injury Lawyer

Ever since Charles Woodson’s injury (he broke his collar bone in the last few minutes of Super Bowl XLV) I have been thinking about what we saw on his face every time he moved.  In one scene, a Green Bay Packers player made a tough catch.  After the play, the camera panned to Woodson, he reacted to the play and immediately winced from the pain.  This is a pro athlete, at the top of his game, and the pain from the broken bone stopped him in his tracks.  

 The collar bone is technically known as the clavicle.  It makes up part of the shoulder. In the diagram below on the left we see a diagram of  a healthy collar bone.  It is in the upper most bone in the diagram. The picture on the right is an x-ray of the broken collar bone. 

If you were watching Charles Woodson closely, you could see that his injured shoulder was lower than the healthy shoulder.  Fortunately for Charles Woodson, his collar bone will heal. Most likely his collar bone will be stronger because of the additional bone growth to repair the fracture.  Unfortunately the injury is very painful in the first few weeks after injury. It is painful because bones are innervated, meaning that nerves were damaged when the bone was injured.  The nerves send pain signals to the brain as a defense mechanism which, in part, stops the person from moving the injured bone so that healing may take place.

We have worked with some of the finest orthopedic physicians in the United States to learn about the medicine associated with bone fractures, and broken bones.  We do this because it helps us describe, accurately your injuries to a jury.  It is all part of a day’s work at Young and Young, your Indiana Serious Injury Lawyers.

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