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Shoulder injury from car accidents in Michigan

Advice on the types of shoulder injuries that auto accident victims frequently suffer, as well as symptoms and treatment options

Below is some information on the nature of car accident shoulder injuries and what auto accident victims can expect in terms of treatment. If you’ve suffered a shoulder injury due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering.

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What are the types of shoulder injuries that an auto accident victim might suffer?

Michigan auto accident victims could suffer any or all of the following shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator cuff tear,
  • Shoulder joint tear,
  • Shoulder impingement.

What is a rotator cuff tear?

A rotator cuff tear is a tear in a person’s rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is the network of four muscles and their tendons that form a covering (i.e., a “cuff”) around the top of the upper arm bone (humerus), thereby “holding the humerus in place in the shoulder joint, explains the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. By stabilizing the upper portion of the humerus in the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint), the rotator cuff helps to lift and rotate the arm.

The four muscles that comprise the rotator cuff are the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor muscles, which are attached to the shoulder blade (scapula).

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tear?

Auto accident victims who suffer a rotator cuff tear may experience the following symptoms:

  • Shoulder pain when lifting or lowering arm, especially when reaching overhead or behind the back, lifting and pulling,
  • Shoulder weakness,
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion.

What are the treatment options for a rotator cuff tear?

Physical therapy will be necessary. Depending on the circumstances of the rotator cuff tear, a physician may also prescribe steroid injections to reduce inflammation and/or surgery to repair the rotator cuff tear.

What is a shoulder joint tear?

A shoulder joint tear is a tear in the shoulder joint. The official name for this shoulder injury is “glenoid labrum tear.”

In particular, it is a tear in the soft fibrous tissue (labrum) that holds the top of the upper arm bone (humerus) in the “shoulder socket” (glenoid) which is located on the shoulder blade (scapula), according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

What are the symptoms of a shoulder joint tear?

Someone suffering a shoulder joint tear may experience the following symptoms, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

  • Pain with activity, especially overhead activities,
  • Catching, locking, popping and grinding sensations,
  • Instability,
  • Limited range of motion,
  • Shoulder weakness.

What are the treatment options for a shoulder joint tear?

Rehabilitation exercises may be necessary. Depending on the circumstances of a car accident victim’s shoulder joint tear, a physician may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and/or surgery to repair the shoulder joint tear.

What is shoulder impingement?

Shoulder impingement occurs when the front edge (acromion) of the shoulder blade (scapula) “impinges” on the rotator cuff when the victim attempts to raise the arm.

What are the symptoms of shoulder impingement?

Michigan auto accident victims who suffer shoulder impingement may experience pain and limited movement and mobility.

What is the treatment for shoulder impingement?

Treatment can range from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to physical therapy to surgery (such as subacromial decompression or anterior acromiolplasty) to remove the portion of the acromion which is causing the impingement, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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