California Shoulder Injury Lawyers
After you have been involved in an accident, whether it was as minor as an unexpected fall or as serious as a car accident, there are a lot of things that could go wrong. If you were involved in a car accident, one of your first concerns was likely the damage done to your vehicle. Vehicles can be very expensive to repair and insurance companies do not always make the process very easy.
If you were involved in an accident that resulted in property damage, such as a fall through a roof, you likely were more concerned about the hole in your ceiling than the pain in your shoulder. Whatever the nature of your accident, you were likely concerned about how many superficial things could go wrong before you worried about your health.
It is important to prioritize your health, even if you aren’t always aware of the extent of your injuries right away. A serious injury could immediately lead to a long recovery period and large medical bills, while a less-obvious but also serious injury, such as one to your shoulder, may have a negative impact on your life further down the road.
If you don’t seek adequate medical care, whether it’s because you don’t think you can afford it or because you don’t think you’re seriously injured, you could end up in a world of hurt.
One of the most common ailments is an injury to the shoulder. While not always readily apparent, shoulder injuries can occur anytime, anywhere, and in any capacity. They can be a result of overuse, occur during an accident, or exist because of someone else’s negligence. Whatever the cause, you should not be left to pick up the pieces alone, especially if your shoulder injury was not your fault.
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Common Shoulder Ailments
Shoulder injuries can assume many forms, ranging from a simple pull to dislocation and all-out amputation. Two of the most common forms of shoulder injuries include instability in the shoulder, shoulder impingement, and rotator cuff injuries.
Instability In The Shoulder
Instability occurs when a joint is moved out of its appropriate position. This is called instability, which can result from recurring dislocations of the shoulder. Instability may also occur after one serious dislocation, such as if the shoulder was not immediately returned to its appropriate position. Someone who suffers from instability in the shoulder will often experience significant pain while raising their arm. Other times, the joint will come out of place during normal activities, such as putting on clothes or showering. Instability can make performing basic, everyday functions of life very difficult.
Impingement can result from excessive rubbing between the top of the shoulder blade and the muscles in the shoulder. This condition is often very painful and can only be found with an MRI of the shoulder, which is often very expensive and can be time-consuming because MRI results are not instantaneous.
Rotator Cuff Injuries
The group of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder together are called the rotator cuff (RC). The rotator cuff is a critical component to the proper function of the shoulder. The RC allows one to lift their shoulder above the head and to accomplish basic functions. Someone who suffers from a rotator cuff injury may have difficulty moving one or both of their arms and carrying out basic, everyday functions.