Shoulder Injuries Explained

Fishkill Injury Attorney Serving Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Lagrangeville and Nearby Areas of Hudson Valley

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: I’m Ira Maurer, founder of the Maurer Law Firm, which is located in Fishkill, New York in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Welcome to our website. At the Maurer Law Firm, we represent clients who live in the Northeast Region of the United States and who’ve become victims of a serious injury due to a motor vehicle accident, railroad accident, truck accident, or some other type of traumatic event. At the Maurer Law firm, it’s our belief that every client needs to be educated about their injury and how the legal process works.

Many of our clients who’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident have suffered a serious injury to their shoulder as a result of their body being restrained by a shoulder harness after impact. This video is intended to provide some helpful information about shoulder injuries.

The complexity of the shoulder joint and our reliance on it functioning fully makes shoulder injuries problematic. Rotator cuff injuries and broken bones in the shoulder severely limit our mobility sometimes permanently. In addition, shoulder injuries can cause pain, numbness, and stiffness in the arms and neck. These types of musculoskeletal injuries can be severe. Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most common shoulder injuries. When you tear one of the four tendons that connect muscles to the bones in the shoulder joint, you injure your rotator cuff. Most people who suffer a rotator cuff injury suffer a loss of range of motion. They may experience this as temporary frozen shoulder or as a permanent disability.

Additional shoulder injuries include fracture of the shoulder blade, the scapula, and the collar bone, the clavicle, as well as fractures of the upper arm bone, the humerus, within the shoulder joint. Dislocated shoulders are very common injuries that happen when your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that’s part of your shoulder joint. A dislocated shoulder can make the shoulder joint chronically unstable. Another injury commonly seen is a torn labrum, which involves tearing of the cartilage that lines the inside of the shoulder joint. Shoulder impingement syndrome is a condition where your shoulder’s Bursa, which is a fluid-filled sac that helps to reduce friction in your shoulder spaces, and/or rotator cuff tendons are intermittently trapped and compressed when your arm is lifted above shoulder height.

Shoulder impingement can be very painful. Persistent shoulder impingement may cause shoulder bursitis or a structural injury to your rotator cuff tendons. Rotator cuff tendinopathy or rotator cuff tear – This commonly results in painful shoulder movements, in the first instance, but can lead to considerable functional weakness. Sometimes shoulder injuries don’t involve a single traumatic event but rather consist of repetitive trauma over an extended period of time.

These types of injuries which are known as repetitive stress or cumulative trauma injuries affect workers in many occupations, including railroad work and construction. Working in stressful body positions, lifting and carrying, using tools, pulling levers or gears, and operating machinery are frequent causes of cumulative trauma to the shoulder. Symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning, numbness, and reduced range of motion make it impossible to do your job or accomplish daily activities.

Surgery is required to repair some shoulder injuries. In some cases, people do not recover their full range of motion after surgery and are left with a shoulder that produces pain with activity or even just laying on the shoulder at night. Extensive physical therapy is usually required to attempt to recover full use of the shoulder. Following shoulder surgery, permanent partial disability in the form of a restrictive range of motion is common as is varying amounts of pain in the shoulder.

At the Maurer Law Firm, we recommend that if you experience any physical symptoms following an accident, that you seek medical attention immediately. Not only is it important for your health and safety, but it can be crucial for your case when pursuing compensation from the negligent driver.

Thank you for watching this educational video. For more information, please visit our website at M-A-U-R-E-R or call the Maurer Law Firm at 845-896-5295 to schedule a FREE, in-depth consultation to review your personal injury claim today. At the Maurer Law Firm, we treat your injuries and the impact they have on you and your family personally, as if our own lives depend on it.