Rotator cuff tears can be extremely painful and debilitating. This injury can be caused by an auto accident.
The rotator cuff is not a single body part and the type of injury can vary. The rotator cuff is made up of four separate muscle groups that work in tandem to give you a wide range of motion in your shoulder.
If you suffer a rotator cuff injury in a car wreck, you may lose mobility. You may no longer be able to extend your arm, making basic tasks impossible.
This can impact your employment and your earnings. If you are a builder or a gardener or do any kind of manual work, a rotator cuff injury can put you on the sidelines.
Typically, rotator cuff injuries are the result of car crashes at a high rate of speed when powerful forces hit your shoulder.
Rear-end collisions are a major cause of whiplash injuries. If a driver is gripping a steering wheel, the impact of the vehicle hitting you from behind can send strong forces through the driver’s back and shoulders, damaging tissue under the skin.
Tendons and muscle fibers can tear apart following such a strong impact. The result is a torn rotator cuff injury.
According to WebMD, There are two kinds of rotator cuff tears. You may suffer a partial tear is when the tendon that protects the top of your shoulder is frayed or damaged. The other is a complete tear. A complete tear goes all the way through the tendon or pulls a tendon off your bone.
Some symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include:
- Experiencing difficulty raising your arm
- Feeling pain when you move the arm in certain ways or lie down on it;
- Hearing a popping or a clicking noise when you move the arm.
- Feeling weakness in your shoulder
- Not being able to lift objects.
You can suffer long-term health issues from a rotator cuff injury including a frozen shoulder or arthritis.
If you have been hit from behind by another driver and injured, you may have grounds to claim against the culpable driver’s insurance policy.
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