Shoulder injuries can be painful. The shoulder is arguably one of the most movable joints of the body, and an injury to the joint can be quite devastating and disabling. Approximately 7.5 million people suffer joint injuries each year. Many people tend to ignore the extent of their injury, only aggravating the condition, because the continuous pain has become second nature.
Common Shoulder Injuries and Treatment
Shoulder problems are placed in one of the following categories, as either an instability, or an impingement. Instability occurs when the joint is forced out of its normal position, like dislocation. Impingement is caused by excessive rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top of the shoulder blade.
The most common shoulder injuries include:
Rotator cuff injuries;
Dislocation or separation;
Sprains and strains.
The rotator cuff is one of the most important components of the shoulder. The muscle allows individuals to lift their arm and reach overhead. Unfortunately, an injury to the rotator cuff can have long-lasting complications, and some people may not fully recover after such an injury.
Depending on the extent of the injury, shoulder injuries can be treated with medication, physical therapy, and shoulder strengthening and training. Surgery may be required for rotator cuff repair or prosthetics.
Shoulder injuries are mostly commonly a consequence of automobile accidents, work related accidents, and slip and fall accidents. In automobile accidents, occupant’s can strike their shoulders on the steering wheel or the force of the crash can dislocation a shoulder joint.
Workers required to do a lot of manual lifting and pushing while on the job may pull or push their shoulder. Shoulder injuries account for about 2,000 worker compensation claims each year. Shoulder injuries are the second most common type of occupational injury suffered by workers. About 13 percent of all national occupational injuries resulted in shoulder sprains, strains and tear, following back injuries at 36 percent. Even if you are not involved in manual labor, but suffer a shoulder injury due to unsafe conditions are work, your employer may still be responsible.
Contact an Experienced Pennsylvania Attorney
The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys at Solnick & Associates, LLC are committed to fighting for your rights. If you have injured on the job, in an automobile accident or slip n’ fall accidents, our skilled and competent attorney will seek the most valuable compensation for your injuries. Contact us or call (215) 481-9979 today for a free initial consultation.