Minnesota Rotator Cuff Injury Attorney

The group of four muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint and enabling the shoulder’s wide range of motion is called the rotator cuff.  Injury to the rotator cuff can be very painful and prohibit you from performing daily activities, going to work and even sleeping.

Rotator cuff injuries can be sustained from slip and fall accidents or motor vehicle accidents when you use your arms and hands to brace yourself.  When this happens, your shoulder absorbs the impact and the rotator cuff tears.

MRI’s will be taken to diagnose a rotator cuff injury because it can pick up a range of information on the shoulder, including the capsule condition, shoulder socket muscles and bone.  If the rotator cuff has small tears, an ultrasound will be used to measure the size of the tears.

Rotator cuff tears can be classified three ways:

  1. Partial thickness rotator cuff tears – frayed tissue appears
  2. Full thickness rotator cuff tears – the tendon is attached to the humeral head but a hole is visible
  3. Full thickness rotator cuff tear with complete detachment from humeral head – significant impairment to the shoulder movement will be present

Treatment

A rotator cuff injury can be treated surgically or nonsurgically.  When a full thickness tear is sustained in a traumatic injury, it requires surgery which usually involves:

  • Cleaning the injury and removing loose fragments of tendon, bursa and other debris to allow smooth movement
  • stitching the frayed edges of the tendon together and attaching to the top of the humerus
  • open repair of the rotator cuff – making a 2-3 inch incision on the top of the shoulder which allows for better view of the shoulder and injury
  • mini-open repair – splitting the deltoid muscle so the surgeon can access the injury more easily

Physical therapy exercises commence a week after surgery and improvements to the rotator cuff can typically be seen after three months, depending on the severity of the injury.  Full recovery from a rotator cuff injury can take up to 12 months after surgery.

If you have been in an accident and suffered a rotator cuff injury due to another person’s negligence, it is important to seek legal advice because you may be able to claim compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Our personal injury attorneys at Tarshish Cody law firm have the necessary experience and expertise to assist rotator cuff injury cases and help our clients recover the settlements they deserve.  Contact us today at 612-808-8999 (or fill out the free Case Evaluation Form) to learn more about how we can help you.

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