Shoulder Replacement Surgery: What You Should Know
During joint replacement surgery, doctors remove a damaged joint and replace it with a new, artificial one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, and shoulder.
Your shoulder joints move every time you move your arms. In fact, the shoulder has the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. Because of this mobility, the shoulder is more likely to be injured or cause problems.
Most shoulder pain can be relieved with RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. You may also be able to manage your pain with medicine, exercise, and other treatments that don’t involve surgery. However, your doctor might recommend shoulder replacement surgery if:
- You have severe pain;
- Other treatments haven’t helped;
- You can barely move your arm and shoulder; and/or
- You have lost a lot of cartilage
After surgery, you should be able to go back to doing your normal activities with less pain. Keep in mind that you will need several months of physical therapy to adjust to your new joint.
Many shoulder injuries happen while doing work-related activities. This is true whether you perform manual labor or work in an office. You may have hurt your shoulder in a specific accident or as a result of repeated lifting or overhead work. In either case, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in New Jersey. These benefits can cover the costs of your medical treatment, lost wages from missed time at work. If you have a permanent loss of function from the injury, you may also be entitled to a cash settlement.
If you or someone you love was hurt at work in NJ, you may want to get in touch with a Morris Plains workers’ compensation lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli has over 20 years of experience helping injured workers get the benefits they deserve. He will help determine the best course of action for your case. For a free consultation, contact us today at 973-285-1100.
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