Taking a Turn for the Worse: The Rotator Cuff Injury
Everyone needs support. Whether it’s from family, friends, pets or a group, support is what keeps you feeling secure and happy. Your shoulder needs a lot of support, too, in the form of a rotator cuff. And just like the other types of support, you can’t do much without it.
Your rotator cuff has been good to you throughout your life. But recently, a dull ache and weak shoulder have become your new normal, so you take a trip to the doctor. After an examination and an MRI, the doctor informs you of a rotator cuff injury.
Coming to a Turning Point With a Rotator Cuff
When your rotator cuff goes bad, it’s not because it has an evil vendetta against you. Knowing what’s going on inside that arm of yours may help you get some weight off your shoulders about what you’re up against. Here are the basics:
- Composition of the cuff. The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and keep the head of your upper arm bone firmly inside your shallow socket joint. Although it is strong enough to keep your shoulder intact, the cuff is surprisingly weak and can become injured quite easily.
- Inside the injury. Too much stress, either all at once in an accident or over time, can cause partial tears and swelling in the cuff. In severe cases, tendons could even pull away from the bone or tear in the middle.
- Victims of the cuff curse. Although anyone can injure a rotator cuff with an accident or because of repetitive movements, athletes and employees who often hold their arms above their heads are more at risk.
Don’t Let a Rotator Cuff Injury Turn Your Life Upside Down
Fortunately, a torn rotator cuff isn’t a life-or-death situation—but it is one that can put a nail in the coffin of your finances if you are unable to work. Workers’ compensation benefits may be available to you and could help to pay for your medical bills and time away from work.
Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. has helped many workers in the New Jersey area get the compensation they deserve and may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today to talk to one of our legal professionals about your case.