The most common (and perhaps misunderstood) cause of shoulder pain (7 out of ten shoulder injuries as a matter of fact), a rotator cuff injury is a term used to describe any soreness, swelling or damage to any of the four muscles and their tendons that make up your rotator cuff.
The pain can be completely debilitating but it’s the lack of movement that’s the real problem, especially if you work in a profession that requires you to use your upper body on a daily basis.
If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury that you believe to be somebody else’s fault and it’s seriously hampering your day-to-day personal or professional life, you might have grounds to make a personal injury compensation claim with the Accident Advice Helpline.
Many of the common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury might be quite easy to simply shrug off but if any of these symptoms persist, you might want to think about booking a doctor’s appointment. Common symptoms include pain in your shoulder when you raise or lower your arm, a feeling of increased weakness in your shoulder, a ‘clicking’ sound when you move your shoulder and difficulty placing your arms behind your back.
There are two major types of rotator cuff injury, tendinopathy (where the tendons become inflamed and sore) and rotator cuff ‘tears’. A tear will be instantly obvious and incredibly painful and is generally the result of a trip or fall but tendinopathy is a much more gradual process and as such, the injury is harder to self-diagnose.
Causes of rotator cuff injuries
A rotator cuff injury can be brought on by a variety of reasons but in a workplace environment, the following causes are most likely:-
- Lifting objects that are too heavy
- Falling and landing awkwardly
- Repetitive shoulder movements over a prolonged period of time. For example, swimming, weight lifting or lifting objects over your arms numerous times
- A lack of blood supply that will lead to weak tendons
- Bone growths (or ‘spurs’) that could develop in older age and rub against your tendons
AAH can help
If you have suffered a rotator cuff injury as a result of any of the above accidents or injuries and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we specialise in personal injury compensation claims, so will be able to guide you through the claiming process in great detail without making you feel intimidated or like you’re ‘doing anything wrong’.
Our 24/7 hotline will offer you a no-obligation conversation with one of our trained advisers and if you wish to take things further, we’ll put you in touch with one of our specialist lawyers who will be able to further discuss your 100% no win no fee case.
Date Published: October 20, 2013
Author: David Brown