The rotator cuff consists of the four muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint. It allows the shoulder joint to move through a wide range of motion. A rotator cuff injury can be caused by the impact of a car accident, bicycle collision, pedestrian crash or fall.
It can be extremely painful and dramatically limiting. Without its proper functioning, a person can’t perform many ordinary tasks of everyday life, such as dressing, brushing hair, getting in and out of the bathtub, lifting, carrying, doing household chores, picking up a child, and reaching objects above the head. People who enjoy sports such as bowling, swimming, baseball or weight training will be severely restricted if they’ve injured a rotator cuff in a car wreck or other accident. The slightest movement can cause excruciating pain.
How Do Rotator Cuff Injuries Occur?
Degenerative damage to the rotator cuff is often a result of cumulative wear and tear on the tendons. Athletes often have degeneration of the rotator cuff from repetitive throwing, pushing and pulling.
A tear occurs when one or more of the four tendons is damaged by some form of trauma. The most common ways we come across rotator cuff tears involve falling on an outstretched arm in an attempt to brace oneself and holding the steering wheel at the time of a car crash.
If you have been in an accident and are experiencing the following symptoms, you may have a rotator cuff injury:
- Warmth to the touch
- Tenderness in the shoulder area
- Limited shoulder and arm mobility
- Deep aches
- Gradually increasing pain over time
How Do I Handle a Torn Rotator Cuff?
A torn rotator cuff can become very serious, especially if it goes untreated. Treatment for a rotator cuff shoulder injury depends greatly on the severity of the injury. Minor rotator cuff injuries are treated with rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Without proper treatment, there is a risk of a chronic tear in the muscle. Physical therapy, cortisone injections, and sometimes surgery may be necessary to treat more severe shoulder injuries.
If you have suffered a shoulder injury in a car crash, you should speak to an experienced car accident injury lawyer. Call us today to discuss the compensation available for your injuries.
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