The shoulder is the most movable and most complex joint in the body. Unfortunately, it is also among the most prone to injury. And, once injured, can cause life-long medical problems.
The Boston personal injury lawyers at the Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injury victims throughout Massachusetts. Whether you are hurt on the job, in a traffic accident, or in a fall accident or other mishap, they have the knowledge, experience and resources to fight for your rights through a personal injury claim.
The shoulder is composed of the clavicle (collarbone), scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm bone). It is the most movable joint in the body. The shoulder is also unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. This complex joint is anchored by ligaments, tendons and muscles.
Each year, approximately 7.5 million people go to the doctor's office with a shoulder injury - more than half of those are for rotator cuff problems.
Common injuries include:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Joint injuries
- Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Fractured shoulder blade
- Shoulder instability
- Shoulder joint tear
Shoulder injuries are grouped into two categories:
- Instability: Characterized by pain when raising the arm and/or a feeling of the shoulder slipping out of place.
- Impingement: Excessive rubbing of the muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade. Often characterized by inflammation and can result in more serious injuries when left untreated.
The National Institutes of Health reports most shoulder injuries are nursed with rest, ice, compression and elevation - the so-called "RICE" treatment. Shoulder injuries are commonly caused by traffic accidents, falls, sporting injuries and injuries sustained while on the job. And the truth of the matter is that modern medicine has limited treatment options with which to deal with traumatic shoulder injury. Advanced treatments include:
- Cortisone shots
- Joint and tissue injections
- Shoulder surgery
- Joint replacement
The common refrain from those who have suffered a shoulder injury is that they never realized how critical the joint was to everyday function and everyday life. And they never realized how painful a shoulder injury could be. Of particular importance in building a personal injury or wrongful death claim is the long-term prognosis.
Shoulder injuries typically get worse over time. Joint replacement may ultimately be necessary. And a serious injury may increase your risk for arthritis or other medical complications. Unfortunately, you cannot revisit an injury claim 20 years from now when the medical necessities of an old injury present themselves. An at-fault insurance company can have you pitching in the World Series with a cortisone shot tomorrow.
Bit when shoulder-replacement surgery and the pain, lost wages and debilitation arise down the road, you'll be on your own. Joint injuries are very serious injury cases -- whether dealing with an injury to the shoulder, hip, knee, elbow, wrist or ankle. Consulting with an experienced personal injury law firm is the best course of action for protecting your rights and the future financial well-being of you and your family.
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