NJ Rotator Cuff Injury Attorney
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Over 4.5 million patients visit the doctor each year in the United States because of shoulder pain, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes.
A rotator cuff injury can affect a victim’s life, will always require treatment, and will often interfere with work and other daily responsibilities. If you suffer a rotator cuff injury in an accident, the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., may be able to help get your life back on track. Call us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. The injury occurs when there is a tear in one of these tissues. While common, a rotator cuff injury is serious because it often requires lab tests and imaging to diagnose, and takes months to resolve. Rotator cuff injuries affect adults of all ages, but people over 40 are at higher risk. If you are over 40, suffer from arthritis, play sports, or regularly perform manual labor, you are at a higher risk of injuring your rotator cuff. Examples of those at risk include painters, carpenters, and tennis players.
Of course, rotator cuff injuries can also come from unexpected accidents: car crashes, motorcycle crashes, slip-and-falls, and even dog bites. When somebody else caused your injury, he or she can be held legally responsible to pay for it.
Rotator cuff injuries can cause the following symptoms:
- Shoulder pain: Often a patient’s initial complaint, shoulder pain is usually felt when making over-the-head motions and at night. It may interfere with your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
- Muscle weakness: The muscles at the back of the shoulder may become weaker, keeping you from performing manual labor that you were previously able to do.
- Loss of range of motion: Similar to muscle weakness, a loss of range of motion limits the ability of the arm, prohibiting you from doing normal daily tasks.
The good news is that a large range of treatment options exist for rotator cuff injuries, which means that one way or another, you should be able to return to doing the things you love. The most conservative treatment for rotator cuff injuries is rest, ice, and physical therapy. If your rotator cuff injury is more serious, however, a medical practitioner can administer a steroid shot to help relieve pain and inflammation as the injury heals.
The most serious rotator cuff injuries require surgery. Possible surgical options include arthroscopic tendon repair, open tendon repair, bone spur removal, tendon transfer, and at the most extreme, a shoulder replacement. If a shoulder replacement is necessary, you will not regain full shoulder movement for six weeks. During those six weeks, you will not be able to drive or return to work.
Getting help after suffering a rotator cuff injury involves more than just medical treatment. Because of the high cost of surgery and ongoing physical therapy and the lengthy recovery time, you’ll also need money for those medical bills and lost wages. A knowledgeable NJ shoulder injury attorney can help you get compensation for these expenses, allowing you to focus your attention on making a full recovery.
If you suffered a rotator cuff injury in an accident where another person or company was at fault, or are interested in a free consultation regarding your specific situation, call Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., at (609) 240-0040.
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Rotator Cuff Injury - Mayo Clinic
- Rotator Cuff Tears - OrthoInfo
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