Shoulder injuries and your recovery after an accident

Shoulder injuries are some of the most difficult to deal with due to the way we use our bodies as humans. It's common to use your hands and fingers to work. The tendons and joints used to do this link up to the shoulder, often causing pain if the shoulder is injured.

Even if you feel no pain down the arm itself, a shoulder injury can cause pain in the face, neck and back. Every shoulder injury is a little different, but they can all be debilitating.

What are some common shoulder injuries?

People may suffer shoulder injuries of various kinds including:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Dislocations
  • SLAP tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Arthritis

Each of these can be caused by or worsened by an accident on the job or in your vehicle.

What should you do if you suffer a shoulder injury due to negligence?

If you suffer a shoulder injury as a result of another person's negligence, that person should, typically, be held responsible and liable for that injury. Legally speaking, it's within your right to pursue a claim against that person, so you can obtain compensation toward medical bills and lost wages, among other losses.

Medically speaking, it's important to go to the emergency room or to your primary care physician if you're hurt and suffer pain or discomfort in your shoulder. Shoulder pain may also be a result of injuries in other locations of the body, so it's always wise to get an appropriate medical exam.

How do doctors treat shoulder injuries?

Treatments vary from resting the shoulder to allow it time to heal to entering into physical therapy after a surgery. For example, if you have a torn rotator cuff, most medical professionals will encourage a healing period where you rest the shoulder or use it lightly. This injury is often accompanied by weakness, so you may be unable to complete your job while you're recovering.

The good news for those with rotator cuff injuries is that both surgical and nonsurgical options exist for treatment. Some people need only rest and time to heal, while others require surgery and a more intensive approach to treating the injury.

No matter what kind of shoulder injury you have, the same is true of them all: You need time to let the injury heal without overusing the shoulder. Taking time off work, resting and relaxing will help your recovery immensely.

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