The shoulder is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). The shoulder can be unstable for a number of reasons, but mainly because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This allows for more movement than in other joints, and in fact, the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. However, because of its unstable nature, the shoulder joint is also one of the most prone to injury.
Shoulder injuries can occur from a repetitive job, process, or operation. Workers involved in tasks such as painting walls, hanging curtains, repairing vehicles raised on a lift, filing, and lifting heavy or bulky objects are at risk for shoulder injury due to excessive overhead arm motion. Shoulder injuries are often extremely painful and can result in lost work hours and permanent disability.
Causes and Types of Shoulder Injuries
Orthopedic surgeons group shoulder/joint problems into two categories: Instability and Impingement
- Instability: When one of the shoulder joints moves or is forced out of its normal position, it is called shoulder instability. Instability can sometimes turn into a complete shoulder dislocation. Individuals suffering from an instability problem will experience pain when raising their arm. They will also feel the sensation of their shoulder slipping out of place.
- Impingement: Impingement is caused by excessive rubbing of the shoulder muscles against the top part of the shoulder blade, called the acromion. Impingement can occur from activities that require excessive overhead arm motion.
With both types of injury, medical care should be sought immediately, because any inflammation in the shoulder could eventually lead to a more serious injury.
When people are forced to miss work because of a shoulder injury, they and their families suffer financially. If you have injured your shoulder at work, you must protect yourself by getting skilled and experienced legal advice from an attorney who will work in your best interest. Otherwise, you may not get the proper medical attention that you need or the financial compensation that you deserve by law.
Freeburn Law, Helping You Get the Money You Deserve and Fully Recover
If you’ve sustained a shoulder injury on the job or from an accident, protect your rights by calling a PA Shoulder Injury Lawyer from Freeburn Law right away. You need someone on your side. The insurance company adjuster is already working on your case, but he or she does not work for you. He or she works for the insurance company.
You need an advocate to fight for you. The attorneys at Freeburn Law have been fighting for the rights of injured persons for many years. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients since 1982. If you are injured and can’t come to us, we’ll come to you, whether you are in your home or in the hospital. WE MAKE HOUSE CALLS!!
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