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Shoulder Injuries

Car accidents, motorcycle collisions, and slip and falls result in a wide range of injuries. One of the most common injuries is a shoulder injury. The design of the shoulder makes it at risk of injury from a fall or accident. There are many different types of shoulder injuries, but all of these injuries are painful, result in long-term disability, and significantly impact daily life. As such, these injuries clearly result in substantial medical bills and lost income. The experienced attorneys at Slatter Law Firm will aggressively fight to recover the maximum compensation for your injuries.

The shoulder is the largest and most flexible joint in the body. It provides a wide range of motion that allows us to perform many daily functions. However, this functionality poses a great risk of harm due to trauma. In fact, accidents and falls cause many different shoulder injuries. Essentially, shoulder injuries can be separated into two categories, fractures and ligament or tendon tears. Below is a description of common shoulder injuries, their symptoms, and typical medical treatment.

  1. Separated Shoulder - Separated shoulder is damage to the ligaments connecting the collarbone to the shoulder blade. This is one of the most common injuries from a fall. Separate shoulder can range in severity. Mild separated shoulder involves stretched ligaments, while a severe injury may involve a torn ligament. Symptoms of separated shoulder include pain, weakness in the arm or shoulder, bruising, limited range of motion, and swelling on the top of the shoulder. Treatment consists of rest, applying ice to reduce swelling and pain, and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary if your injury is severe or your pain persists.
  2. Torn Rotator Cuff - The rotator cuff is the collection of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tear occurs when one of these tendons either partially or fully tears, and separates from the humerus. These injuries commonly occur as a result of trauma to the shoulder from a fall. In car accidents, these injuries are suffered when the driver tries to brace for impact by holding the steering wheel. Symptoms for torn rotator cuffs include intense pain, snapping sensation, weakness in the arm, difficulty raising the arm, and a clicking or popping sound when moving the arm. Treatment consists of rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, potential steroid injections, and avoiding activities that cause shoulder pain. If your pain persists after this conservative treatment, surgery may be required.
  3. Fractured Collar Bone - A fractured collarbone or clavicle is a fracture of the bone connecting the breastbone to the shoulder. In falls, these injuries occur when you fall on your shoulder or your outstretched hand. These fractures can be quite painful, especially when trying to move the arm or shoulder. Other symptoms include swelling, tenderness, shoulder stiffness, and a grinding or crackling sound when moving the shoulder. Treatment consists of immobilizing the arm by wearing an arm sling, rest, over the counter pain medication, and physical therapy. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be required.
  4. Labrum Tear - The labrum is the cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket and provides shoulder stability. The most common type of labrum tear is a SLAP tears, which occur at the front of the arm where the bicep meets the shoulder. These injuries are caused by a fall on an outstretched hand or direct trauma to the shoulder in an accident. Symptoms for this injury include intense pain, a catching or grinding sensation, decreased range of motion, and decreased strength in shoulder. Treatment consists of rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and immobilizing the shoulder with an arm sling. If conservative treatment is unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend surgery.

Regardless of the severity of your injury, you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms. Failure to do so may cause your shoulder injury to worsen.

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Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney today if you or a loved one suffered a shoulder injury. Slatter Law Firm has been helping individuals injured due to accidents and slip and falls throughout Los Angeles and Southern California for over four decades. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (310) 444-3010 or contact us online.