Shoulder Injuries

Get Compensation For Your Auto Accident Shoulder Injury

Auto accident victims may suffer any or all of the following shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder joint tear
  • Shoulder impingement

A torn rotator cuff means that the group of muscles and tendons forming a cover, or cuff, over the top area of the upper arm bone, also called the humerus, has torn and cannot fully stabilize the humerus and the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff plays a critical part in moving and lifting the arm, so this type of injury can have a serious impact on normal daily activities. Symptoms include pain when lifting or lowering the arm or raising the arm above the head, weakness and diminished range of motion. Doctors almost always order physical therapy for torn rotator cuffs, and other options may include reparatory surgery and steroid injections.

A torn shoulder joint, also known as a torn labrum, is exactly what the name implies – torn tissue around the shoulder joint, thereby decreasing its hold on the humerus. Symptoms are similar to those of a torn rotator cuff with the addition of popping, grinding or locking sensations in the shoulder. Treatment options include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and reparatory surgery.

A shoulder impingement means the front part of the shoulder blade encroaches the rotator cuff, and the injury is especially apparent when raising the arm. Symptoms include pain and loss of mobility or range of movement. Treatment options typically include physical therapy and medication. In some cases, a surgeon may remove the part of the shoulder blade that is impinging against the rotator cuff.

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