Shoulder Injury Lawyer Philadelphia Pennsylvania
An injury to the clavicle, rotator cuff or other area of the shoulder joint can limit a person's ability to work, drive, life objects, exercise and perform everyday functions. It can also cause severe pain and require extensive medical treatment, including surgery. Shoulder injuries and rotator cuff injuries often happen to people whose jobs require extensive movement in the shoulders and upper body. Many shoulder injuries also happen to people involved in car accidents.
What are Rotator Cuff Injuries?
The term "rotator cuff" refers to four tendons that surround the shoulder joint, like the cuff of a shirt sleeve. They help rotate your shoulder in many directions. A tendon is a strong band holding bones to muscles. The rotator cuff tendons are attached to the rotator cuff muscles that are attached to the bones of the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles are a group of four deep muscles in the shoulder that attach to the scapula (shoulder blade) and to the upper arm (the humerus). The rotator cuff muscles help raise the arm from the side and help rotate your shoulder. Muscles are attached to bone by a tough fibrous tendon. The four rotator cuff tendons attach to four rotator cuff muscles to bones of the shoulder. The rotator cuff tendons - the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and the teres minor - fuse together and surround the shoulder joint like the cuff of a shirt sleeve. When the rotator muscles contract, they pull the rotator cuff tendons allowing the shoulder to rotate in many directions. Rotator cuff injuries are often caused by auto, truck, motorcycle and workplace accidents. Shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis (inflammation)
- Rotator cuff tear (partial or complete)
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Torn Shoulder Muscles
- Torn Ligaments
- Broken Collar Bone
A person with a torn rotator cuff injury will feel pain and weakness when raising or rotating the arm. An MRI will often show a tear of one of the four rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff or other shoulder injuries occur when a person overexerts the muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff. With overexertion, irritation or damage to your rotator cuff may occur. Injuries to the rotator cuff can cause pain and spasms, limiting the motion of the shoulder, fluid accumulation within the joint, inflammation, limited movement, arthritis, calcium deposits. The severity of injury can range from inflammation and a mild strain to a partial or complete tear of the vital shoulder muscles and tendons that may require surgery to repair.
The treatment of shoulder injuries is largely dependent on the specific injury sustained. The different types of treatment can include the following: surgery, immobilization, massage therapy, physical therapy, ultrasound and corticosteroid injections.
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
While some shoulder injuries such as bruises, contusions or a separated shoulder may be minor, the Lassen Law Firm often deals with more serious shoulder injuries such as fractures and rotator cuff tears. Costs associated with a shoulder injury include both medical expenses and lost wages. And, depending on the circumstances, long term disability may be involved if you are unable to return the full use of your arm. If you have suffered from a rotator cuff or shoulder injury, contact our attorneys at the Lassen Law Firm. The lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm have extensive experience navigating complex personal injury and workers' compensation laws and are skilled in analyzing your injuries, and getting you the compensation you deserve.
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Authored by: Christian Lassen