Many people develop serious shoulder pain due to New York City motor vehicle accidents, falls from great heights at work, and tripping on slippery sidewalks or steps during rainstorms. Yet regardless of the exact dangerous condition that causes your injury, it’s crucial to obtain immediate medical care.
Once bones in your shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint disconnect or fracture, the pain can be intense. After your doctor performs a thorough physical exam and runs the proper medical tests, you might be diagnosed with a painful ailment such as a torn rotator cuff, a herniated disc, a pinched nerve, or a dislocated shoulder.
In some cases, accident survivors may go weeks or months before experiencing their first painful shoulder symptoms. Since this is true, it’s doubly important after a major accident to visit a local hospital emergency room. The tests that are run may prove helpful once your symptoms start to appear. No one should self-diagnose and just go home after a bad accident. Early exams can also help you timely realize that someone else’s negligence played a role in your accident, making it necessary to sue for recovery, even if you also need to file a worker’s compensation claim.
By continuing to read below, you can learn helpful facts about common shoulder injury symptoms, the most useful diagnostic tests and treatments, common shoulder pain treatments, and potential settlement values if a negligence lawsuit should be filed.
All these symptoms – or even just one or two – usually indicate a serious shoulder injury. Be sure to seek out medical care sooner than later. Too many car accident survivors are so eager to go home that they don’t realize that they are likely to wake up in excruciating pain the next morning. Yet as noted above, others who usually lead more sedentary or quiet lives may not discover their shoulder damage for many weeks or months.
By documenting all early damaged joint locations with X-rays after any major fall or motor vehicle accident, you’ll help all future physicians more readily provide you with an accurate diagnosis. This is especially true for those whose pain or shoulder dysfunction appears slowly.
The shoulder is made up of the following three bones.
All these bones are held in place within the joint socket by the rotator cuff. During a bad car accident or after a serious fall, a shoulder bone may completely move out of its normal position within the joint socket. When the socket shifts, you’ll likely develop a dislocated shoulder. If your shoulder bone is completely ejected out of the socket, you’ll likely be diagnosed with a shoulder separation.
While first examining you, your doctor will evaluate your full range of motion, how much pain you report, and if it appears that any bones have clearly moved out of position.
Always make sure you are only using the exercises most recently given to you by your physical therapist or treating physician. If your pain has recently returned, be sure to tell those managing your treatment so they can either have you take a brief hiatus or choose new, carefully monitored exercises
If you have suffered a serious shoulder injury after an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to contact our New York City shoulder injury law firm. We will carefully investigate all the facts of your case, review all your medical records, and then fight hard to win the maximum compensation available to you. We want every client to fully recover for all lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other losses.
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