As we all are well aware of, driving come with an incredibly long list of perils. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 2.3 million people are injured in car accidents every year. Among these injuries can be severe damages inflicted to the shoulder. These shoulder injuries include damage to the soft tissue such as muscle and ligament, as well as to bones and cartilage. Many of these shoulder injuries require surgery to fix.
Shoulder Impingement and Its Complications
A direct impact to the shoulder, or, in a completely different scenario with prolonged use injuries, the rotator cuff tendon can become pinched between the acromion (the bone located on top of the shoulder) and the rotator cuff itself, according to Orthoinfo. When the area between these two structures becomes too narrow or damaged from bone spurs, the rotator cuff tendon becomes impinged. Too much friction put on the tendon will cause loss of mobility and considerable pain, especially when lifting the arm. The most successful option for treating shoulder impingement is shoulder decompression surgery.
Two Options: Medical and Surgical
Not all patients want to undergo surgery, and your doctor may decide that the best treatment option for you is a regimen of rehabilitation and physical therapy to improve mobility and range of motion, cortisone injections to decrease swelling, and pain medication and anti-inflammatories to decrease the pain as well as further decrease the swelling and hopefully reduce pressure on the rotator cuff tendon. However, 85 percent of patients report greatly improved range of motion and reduced levels of pain with shoulder decompression surgery, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Surgery involves a five millimeter incision and an examination of the bone and surrounding tissue of the shoulder. Uneven surfaces, such as bone spurs, within the rotator cuff and other surfaces that the tendon is catching on will be removed to decrease friction and thereby improve range of motion. The patient will then wear a sling for a determined amount of time, and will most likely be put on anti inflammatories or stronger medication. Physical therapy, once the healing has begun, can further improve motion and strength. It takes six weeks for recovery and most strength to return.
Contact the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm
If you were injured in a car accident that was no fault of your own and now currently have a case of shoulder impingement due to that auto wreck, or you have already undergone surgery, you may be owed compensation by the negligent party that caused the crash. It is vital to contact an experienced Kansas City car accident attorney at the Krause & Kinsman Law Firm today for legal advice. You may be owed certain compensations to pay for your other medical bills, future or past surgeries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage. In order to acquire the full amount that you are owed for your damages, you need the experience and pull of an attorney that has a proven history of success.
Adam Krause is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Adam Krause has made a career of taking complicated litigation and presenting it in the most elementary terms for a jury of your peers to understand. Learn more about his experience here.