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Shoulder Impingement Injury Can Cause Debilitating Pain

An injury does not need to be a traumatic, life and death situation in order to be life changing. An accident on the highway, an overuse injury caused by doing the same repetitive movement at work, or a fall at the grocery store due to a slippery floor can all result in chronic, long-lasting injury that not only never seems to fade, but gets worse as time progresses. Shoulder impingement is one of these injuries. If you feel a painful, grading feeling in your shoulder when you attempt to lift your arm above your head, you may be suffering from shoulder impingement. Luckily, non-invasive surgery is a good option that gives hundreds of thousands of people relief. However, it is expensive and requires a long period of recovery that may take you out of work. The state of Ohio has a two year statute of limitations for reasons such as this, meaning you can file a lawsuit up to two years from the date of the accident. The compensation you may be able to receive will not make the pain in your shoulder vanish, although it could provide the means to help make that happen by covering your shoulder impingement surgery costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Shoulder Impingement Is Caused By Pressure and Friction

The rotator cuff tendon is responsible for attaching the shoulder bones to the muscle and sits just between the rotator cuff bone and the acromion bone. In an accident, or from years of performing the same straining motion at work (called a repetitive movement injury or RMI), the space between the acromion and rotator cuff can narrow or become jagged with bones spurs or other abnormalities, according to Orthoinfo. This creates a narrower, more jagged surface area for the rotator cuff tendon to move and perform its duties. The space between the two bones needs to be widened in order for the pain, pressure, and lack of mobility to decrease. There are two options to make this possible.

Medical Option

In some cases, when the patient fears the recovery process of surgery, or if they have no physical or athletic goals, treating shoulder impingement medically can be an option. The doctor may use cortisone injections to reduce the swelling (although cortisone does make tendons more brittle), physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and ice and heat treatment.

Arthroscopic Decompression Surgery

A more successful option is arthroscopic decompression surgery, which has an 85 percent success rate, according to the Cleveland Clinic. A surgeon will widen the space between the acromion and rotator cuff, as well as smooth out any spurs or bone abnormalities to give the rotator cuff tendon plenty of smooth surface. Recovery generally takes at least six weeks, during which anti-inflammatories, ice, and massage may offer some relief. Rigorous physical therapy is necessary to improve strength and range of motion after the initial recovery phase has been completed.

Receiving Compensation For Your Injury

If you are suffering with a shoulder injury due to a car accident, repetitive work movement, or another situation involving the negligence of another, working with a personal injury attorney can help you obtain the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Contact Schottenstein Law Offices in Columbus, Ohio TODAY at (614) 467-8474 to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.