Ligament, Tendon, And Muscle Injuries

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Back Injuries

Knee Ligament And Cartilage Injuries

The three bones that comprise the knee joint are connected by ligaments. These ligaments hold the knee together. Please click on the following links to read about common knee ligament injuries:

Shoulder Injuries

 

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Arm and Elbow Injuries

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Broken Arm FracturesThe arm is a very complicated structure and is capable of lifting and carrying great amounts of weight and bending in all types of directions. We rely heavily on our arms. Our arms play a major role in helping us perform some of our basic daily functions. They also allows us to swing a golf club, shoot a basketball and perform some of the many other activities that rely on the arms.

The arm consists of three bones, two joints and several muscles, tendons and nerves. All these parts play an important role in helping the arm function. Without the proper care or treatment an injury to one area can result in complications that will affect to entire arm.

Arm injuries are common in certain types of accidents, especially when force is involved and the person tries to brace themselves for a fall or in a vehicle accident.  Sudden, violent force, or even twisting, can cause fractures, soft tissue damage, as well as torn muscles, tendons, and compression on nerves.

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If you have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical expenses and other direct costs associated with the accident including lost income and future loss of income if you are unable to work.

We have prepared this section to help you understand more about the various types of arm and elbow injuries caused by accidents, their serious nature, and types of treatments.  To learn more about specific types of accidents that can lead to arm / elbow injuries:

Upper Arm

The humerus bone is located in the upper arm and it is the largest bone in the arm. The top of the humerus (proximal humerus of humeral head) unites with the shoulder to form the shoulder joint. The biceps is a muscle located in the upper arm. One biceps tendon connects the muscle to the forearm and two biceps tendons connect the muscle to the shoulder. The biceps helps stabilize the elbow and shoulder and allows the arm to bend the arm at the elbow and rotate the forearm.

Lower Arm

The bottom of the humerus (distal humerus or humeral head) connects to two forearm bones. The bottom of the humerus (distal humerus) connects with the top of the radius forearm bone (proximal radius or radial head) and the top of ulna forearm bone (also known as the olecranon). These three structures united to form the elbow joint. The ulnar nerve and tendon run along the ulnar bone. Injury to the ulna bone can cause ulnar nerve damage and ulnar tendon injuries.

The following are some of the most common arm and elbow injuries:

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Dislocated Elbow

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Elbow Tendons and LigamentsAfter the shoulder joint, the elbow is the most commonly dislocated joint in the body.

The elbow is made up of the following bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the radius (forearm bone located on the same side of the arm as the thumb), the ulna (forearm bone located on the same side of the arm as the pinky finger).

The elbow joint is also made up cartilage. The ends of the humerus, radius and ulna bones are all covered by articular cartilage. This cartilage acts as a lubricant of sorts by allowing the ends of the three bones to slide and move against each other without causing damage.

The elbow is also made up of several ligaments. Ligaments are the elastic-like tissue that connect the three bones together. These ligaments stabilize the elbow joint and help with movement. The following are the two most important ligaments in the elbow:

  • Medial Collateral Ligament: located on the inside half of the elbow, the medial collateral ligament connects the humerus bone to the ulna bone. The ligament helps keep the bone in place and provides the main source of elbow stability.
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament: located on the outside half of the elbow, the lateral collateral ligament works in tandem with the medial collateral ligament to connect the humerus to the ulna and provide the elbow stability.

A dislocated elbow occurs when either the radius bone or the ulna bone separates from the humerus bone. The bones can separate from each other when the ligaments that hold them together get overstretched. The elbow joint’s stability is compromised and the bones fall out of of alignment when the ligaments are strained and overstretched.

There are two types of dislocated elbows: a partial dislocation (subluxation) and a complete dislocation. A partial dislocation occurs when the ulna bone and or radius bone partially separates from the humerus and elbow joint. A complete dislocation occurs when the ulna bone and or radius bone completely separates from the humerus or elbow joint.

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For over thirty years our attorneys have been helping accident victims secure the compensation they are entitle to. Our firm has settled hundreds of insurance injury claims over the last few years. Our firm takes cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means there is no cost to you unless we get you compensation for your accident.  If you or a loved one has sustained a fractured or broken bone as the result of a slip and fall accident or a car, truck or motorcycle accident call us today at (508) 588-0422 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation.

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Forearm Fracture (Ulna and Radius Bone)

Information About Forearm Fractures (Ulna and Radius Bone)

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It might feel like there is only one bone in the forearm but there is two. The ulna and radius bones make up the forearm. The ulna and radius bones start at the wrist and run all the way up to the elbow. Both bones combine at the wrist to make the wrist joint and both extend to the elbow to form the elbow joint.

Bone Fractures In The ElbowThe forearm is made up of four parts:

  • The Ulna Bone is the forearm bone located on the same side of the arm as the pinky finger.
  • The Radius Bone is the forearm bone located on the same side of the arm as the thumb.
  • The wrist joint is located at the point where the ulna and radius bones connect with the bones in the hand.
  • The elbow joint is located at the point where the ulna and radius bone connect with the upper arm bone or humerus

There are several types of forearm fractures:

  • Radial Shaft Fracture: This fracture occurs when only the middle of the radius bone breaks. It is very rare to only sustain a radial shaft fracture. Typically, the ulna shaft also fractures when there is a radial shaft fracture.
  • Ulna Shaft Fracture: This fracture typically occurs when someone falls and lands on their forearm. The ulna bone is on the outside half of the forearm. This bone gets hit frequently because it is on the outside of the arm.
  • Double Forearm Shaft Fracture: Surgery is likely required if the radial shaft and ulna shaft are fractured at the same time. Each bone relies on the other to stabilize the forearm. If both bones are fractured then the forearm cannot stabilize. The bones cannot set and heal if the forearm cannot stabilize.
  • Proximal Radial Head Fracture: This fracture occurs when the radial head connecting to the elbow sustains a fracture. This fracture is also a type of elbow fracture.
  • Distal Radial head Fracture: This fracture occurs when the radial head at the wrist fractures. This is a very common injury. This fracture is also a type of wrist fracture.

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Biceps Tendon Tear at Elbow

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Elbow Tendons And Muscle InjuriesThe biceps muscles and tendons are located at the front upper arm. The biceps helps stabilize the elbow, bend the arm and rotate the forearm.

The elbow is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), ulna (large forearm bone) and radius (small forearm) all merge to form the elbow joint. The end of the ulna forearm bone (also known as the Olecranon) meets and connects with the end of the radius forearm bone (radial head or proximal radius). The connected forearm bones then connect to the bottom end of the arm bone (distal humerus).

Tendons connect the biceps muscle to the forearm. A distal biceps tear at the elbow occurs when the tendon connecting the bicep to the radius forearm bone ruptures.

A biceps muscle will not grow back after it tears away from the forearm bone. Someone with a torn lower bicep will have to rely on other muscles to help stabilize the elbow, bend the arm and rotate the forearm. A torn lower biceps can result in a 30% reduction in elbow bending strength and a 40% reduction in forearm rotation strength. We rely heavily on our biceps and a lower biceps tear can have a serious impact on our day-to-day lives.

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If you or a loved one has sustained a fractured or broken bone as the result of a slip and fall accident or a car, truck or motorcycle accident call us today at (508) 588-0422 to schedule a free, no-obligation legal consultation.

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Ulnar Nerve Entrapment Injury

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Ulnar Nerve Impingement  and Entrapment InjuriesThe ulnar nerve is a nerve that runs from the shoulder, to the forearm (ulna bone) and down into the hand. The nerve transmits signals from the brain to the hand and the hand to the brain. These signals are responsible for movement, feeling and sensation in the forearm and hand. An injury to ulnar nerve can disrupt these signals and, therefore, effect movement and feeling in the forearm and hand.

The ulnar nerve is one of three nerves in the arm and it is the largest unprotected nerve in the body. Most nerves are protected by surrounding bone and muscles. The ulnar nerve is very susceptible to injury because it is not protected by surrounding bones or muscles.

Ulnar nerve injuries are caused by trauma, the aging process and pressure. The most common cause of ulnar nerve injury is ulnar nerve entrapment. The ulnar nerve can get entrapped or compressed (impinged) on its way from the shoulder to the hand. Ulnar nerve entrapment or compression occurs most frequently at the elbow.

Common Causes Of Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

When you bend your arm at the elbow the ulnar nerve gets pulled because it has to stretch around the bony tip of the elbow. Often times, keeping your elbow in a bent position for prolonged periods of time can cause ulnar nerve entrapment symptoms. People sometimes wake up in the morning with their elbow bent and a numbness or tingling sensation in their hands and fingers. The hand and fingers feel as though they have fallen asleep because the signals are interrupted when ulnar nerve is stretched and compressed around the tip of the elbow.

The following injuries are a common causes of ulnar nerve entrapment:

All these bones are located near the ulnar nerve. A fracture in any one of these bones could compress or entrap the ulnar nerve.

Common symptoms of ulnar nerve entrapment are:

  • Burning sensation in the forearm, hands or fingers;
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in forearm, hand or fingers when writing, typing or engaging in other activities that require repetitive motion of the elbow, forearm, hands or fingers;
  • Experiencing “Pins and needles” sensation in forearm, hands or fingers;
  • Decrease strength in the forearm, hands or fingers; and/or
  • Swelling in the elbow area.

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Radial Head Fracture At The Elbow

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Elbow Joint And Bone Injuries Caused By AccidentsThe elbow joint is made up of three bones. The bottom of the arm bone (humeral head) connects with the top of the two forearm bones. The top of the radius bone (radial head) and the top of the ulna bone (olecranon) are the two forearm bones that united with the humeral head at the elbow to form the elbow joint.

Radial head fractures are a common fracture and they account for approximately 20% of all elbow fracture injuries. People between ages of twenty and forty are most prone to this type of elbow fracture. Women are more likely to sustain a broken radial head.

This injury is so common because it is often associated with slip and fall accidents. Our instinct tells us to stick an arm or hand out in order to brace for a fall. Often times, when we do this our elbow either sustains a direct impact or an indirect impact which occurs when the impact from a fall travels up the hand, to the forearm and into the elbow joint.

A radial fracture can occur by itself. However, often times this injury occurs with other injuries. If there is enough force to fracture the radial head then there might been enough force to fracture the ulna bone or proximal humerus bone or dislocate the shoulder. A significant radial head fracture could also displace the bone causing it to come in contact with a nerve in the forearm. This could lead to nerve damage or ulnar nerve entrapment.

Signs And Symptoms Of A Radial Head Fracture At The Elbow

Signs and symptoms can vary, however, commonly include:

  • Immediate pain, swelling and tenderness along the inner half of the forearm/elbow joint. The inner half is on the same side as the thumb.
  • Pain and swelling that makes it difficult to bend the arm at the elbow.
  • Pain and swelling that makes it difficult to turn the forearm.
  • Signs of nerve damage consisting of weak, tingling or numb forearms, hands and fingers

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Distal Humerus Fracture at the Elbow

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Elbow Joint And Bone Injuries Caused By AccidentsThe arm consists of three bones and two joints. The upper arm bone (also known as the humerus bone) connects with the two forearm bones (Radius Bone and Ulna Bone) at the elbow to form the elbow joint. The distal humerus is the bottom part of the humerus bone that connects to the top of the Ulna bone (olecranon) and the top of the radius bone (proximal radius).

The distal humerus connects with the end of the ulna bone. The end of the ulna bone is like a cup and the distal humerus kind of sits inside this cup. The ulna is able to move around the distal humerus because the end the of the ulna basically wraps around the distal humerus.

A broken distal humerus occurs when there is a fracture in the bottom end (distal region) of the humerus bone. This region is also known as the humeral head. A fractured distal humerus is a kind of elbow fracture. A fracture in one of the three bones that make-up the elbow joint will constitute an elbow fracture.

A broken distal humerus bone is somewhat rare. This type of humerus fracture occurs in children more than adults. These fractures account for less than two percent of all fractures sustained by adults. These fractures can occur alone or in tandem with other fractures in the elbow region.

Distal humerus fractures are typically caused by blunt force trauma in the form of:

  • Direct Impact: The elbow can slam into a motor vehicle dashboard or door during a crash. Anyone can slip or trip and land directly on their elbow. A common reflex is to slick a hand or arm out in order to brace for a fall. Often times the elbow or forearm bears the brunt of the impact from the fall.
  • Indirect Impact: The ulna bone can get driven up into the distal humerus. This happens when someone slips and falls on a hand that has been stretched out to brace for a fall. The force goes from the hand to the ulna bone in the forearm and then into the distal humerus. It is kind of like a chain reaction that stops at the distal humerus bone.

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Fractured Proximal Humerus (Broken Arm)

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Broken Arm Humerus BoneThe humerus bone is located in the upper arm and it is the largest bone in the arm. The shoulder joint connects to the top of the humerus (proximal humerus) while the elbow joint connects to the bottom of the humerus(distal humerus).

Five percent of all fractures involve the proximal humerus. People sixty-five years and older sustain more proximal humerus fractures than any other kind of fracture expect hip and wrist fractures. The top of the humerus is also known as the humeral head. The humeral head connects with the shoulder blade to form the shoulder joint.

75 to 80% of all proximal humerus fractures are non-displaced. A displaced fracture is a broken bone that has been knocked out of alignment. The proximal humerus is made-up of four parts: the humeral head, greater tuberosity, lesser tuberosity and the humeral shaft. Therefore, the proximal humerus can be displaced in 4 parts. The rotator cuff is connected to the lesser tuberosity and greater tuberosity. As a result, displacement of either of these two can result in serious rotator cuff injuries.

Nonsurgical Treatment For A Fractured Proximal Humerus

Surgery is usually not required because the majority of proximal humerus fractures are of the non-displaced variety. As a result, most treatment is conservative consisting of immobilization, anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Light physical therapy typically begins after two-three weeks of rest and immobilization. It usually takes three months for a typical non-displaced proximal humerus fracture to fully heal.

Considerations For When Surgery Is Required

Surgery may be required for a displaced fracture. Surgery is a serious undertaking and certain factors need to be considered before making a decision:

  • Patient’s age: younger patients are more likely to undergo surgery. Younger people have more years to live and want to take steps to insure they can live all these years to the fullest. A eighty year old person likely isn’t going to go mountain climbing or engage in strenuous activities that require a strong, fully functioning proximal humerus bone.
  • Whether the patient is right handed or left handed: A right handed person who sustains a displaced fracture of their right proximal humerus is more likely to undergo surgery because they rely on their right hand and arm more then their left hand and arm.
  • Patient’s activity level: Someone who is more active is a better candidate for surgery then someone who is not physically active.
  • Degree of displacement: The greater the displacement the greater the need for surgery.

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Broken Shoulder Blade (Scapula Fracture)

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Broken Shoulder Blade Accident LawyersScapula fractures represent less than one percent of all fracture injuries. That is because a great amount of force is usually required in order to cause cause a broken shoulder blade. Scapula fractures are usually the result of blunt trauma caused in heavy impact collisions like car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall accidents. In fact the majority of scapula If there was enough trauma to cause a fractured collarbone then it is likely that other parts of the upper body sustained an injury. 80 percent of the time a broken scapula comes with a collarbone, sternum, rib, arm, head and lung injuries.

Initial treatment consists of icing, pain medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, and immobilization. Some sort of physical therapy or exercising usually starts within three weeks of the injury. 9 out of 10 scapula fractures are not displaced and as a result do not require surgery. Serious scapula fractures resulting in displacement could affected shoulder and ribcage movement. Therefore if the scapula fracture is displaced it is important to realign the bone before it sets. If the scapula sets out-of-alignment then it could permanently interfere with the shoulder and ribcage movement.

The following are some of the major causes of broken shoulder blades:

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You may be entitled to recover damages for pain and suffering from the insurer or the person who caused your injuries (including the driver of the car you were a passenger in), if any of the following resulted from your injuries:

  • Your medical bills total more than $2,000; or
  • Fractured/broken bone (even tooth); or
  • Death; or
  • Serious and permanent disfigurement; or
  • Partial or total loss of eyesight or hearing; or
  • Loss of part of or all of a body member (i.e., limb amputation, or even the tip of a finger or toe.)

If you suffered a broken shoulder blade in an accident that was not your fault, here’s why you need to hire an attorney with experience in dealing with accident cases.

Getting compensation for a car accident may seem simple to the victim:  someone else caused or contributed to the accident, you were injured, and so you should be compensated.  But insurance policy terms and Massachusetts laws make things a little more complicated than that.  There are many provisions and restrictions that can be confusing to lay people — especially when insurance companies contest liability or when they offer to settle claims for the least amount possible and not necessarily what the victim is entitled to.

For example, under Massachusetts law, you are probably entitled to certain benefits (generally, up to $8,000 per person) for medical treatment and/or lost wages. There are some scenarios where the insurance carrier will not  assume medical expenses in excess of this $2,000.00 threshold. You are likely entitled to up to $8,000 in PIP medical coverage if you didn’t have private health insurance at the time of the accident.

By statute, the first $2,000.00 in medical bills will be covered by the Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) carrier of car you were in at the time of the accident. However, Massachusetts law requires medical bills in excess of $2,000 be coordinated with, and paid by your private health insurance carrier.

Massachusetts Health, Medicare and any other government provided health insurance isn’t considered private health insurance for the purposes of PIP coordination. If the car accident caused you to miss work you may be entitled to 75% of your average weekly wage for every week of work missed up to the PIP maximum of $8,000. Note that the most any one person can receive from any one accident from the PIP insurance carrier is $8,000.

If the automobile that caused your injuries was not insured at the time of the accident, or you were a victim of a “hit and run” accident (which includes an unknown automobile which cut you off causing the accident), there is a strong possibility that you may be entitled to money damages for pain and suffer under uninsured motorist coverage.

If the automobile that caused you injuries did not carry enough insurance coverage to pay for your injuries, you may be entitled to collect additional monetary benefits from under-insured motorist coverage.

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Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

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Shoulder and Collar Bone InjuriesA clavicle fracture (broken collarbone) is a common injury that occurs in people of all ages. However, children and young adults are more likely to sustain this kind of fracture.

The clavicle (collarbone) is a strong bone that is located between the breastplate/ribcage (sternum) and shoulder blade (scapula). The clavicle is located above a series of vital blood vessels and nerves.

The clavicle helps connect the arm to the rest of the body. Most breaks occur in the middle of the bone while fewer breaks occur at the ends of the bone.

A broken clavicle causes significant pain to the affected area and makes it difficult to move the arm and shoulder. Often times the skin around the collarbone will be swollen, tender and bruised. A popping or crackling noise can result when attempting to raise your hand. A bulge, bump or some other deformity will exist above the clavicle. This is the displaced bone. A compound fracture could cause the bone to pierce the skin. A clavicle fracture will also cause the shoulder to sag.

A physician will typically order an X-ray in order to clear the accident victim of potential fracture injuries. An emergency room physician might also order a CT scan which provides greater detail. If the physician discovers a fracture than steps will be taken to determine if any nerves, blood vessels or veins were damaged by the break.

Broken Collar Bones From Accidents

A direct blow to the shoulder is the most common cause of clavicle fractures. A car accident or motorcycle is capable of producing a direct blow with enough force to fracture a collarbone. Slipping and falling on an arm that is outstretched in order to break the fall is also a common cause of clavicle fractures.

A fractured clavicle can heal without surgery if the break did not displace the ends of the bone. Non-surgical treatment can include immobilization assisted by arm sling or wrap. This will ensure the bone sets properly. Casts are never used to immobilize a fractured collarbone. Medication might be prescribed to address any pain and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce any swelling around the break. Immobilization devices also reduce shoulder strength and range of motion. As a result the physician might prescribe physical therapy to increase range of motion and strength.

Surgery might be required if the clavicle fracture displaced the bone. In this case surgery is performed to realign the bone into the proper position. Screws and metal plates are sometimes used to hold the bone into place. If plates and or screws are used to set a collarbone fracture chances are they will remain in the body forever.

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We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case. 

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Separated/Dislocated Shoulder

Information About Separated/Dislocated Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injury AccidentsThere is a difference between a separated shoulder and a dislocated shoulder. It’s important to distinguish a separation from a dislocation because each injury has its own treatment.

The mobility and flexibility that gives the shoulder the ability to twists, turn and reach in multiple directions also makes it susceptible to injuries. The location and symptoms of the injury will determine whether it is a dislocation or separation.

Dislocated Shoulder

Roughly 50 percent of all people that go to the emergence room with a dislocated joint have a dislocated shoulder. A dislocated shoulder deals with the shoulder joint.

The Humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form the shoulder joint/socket which is also know as the glenhumeral joint. A dislocated shoulder results when the humerus bone and the scapula separate at the shoulder joint/socket.

There are two types of dislocated shoulders: a partial dislocation (subluxation) and a complete dislocation. A partial dislocation occurs when humerus bone is partially separated from the shoulder/glenhumeral joint. A complete dislocation occurs when the humerus bone is completely separated from the shoulder/glenhumeral joint.

Symptoms Of A Dislocated Shoulder  

  • Pain and swelling up the the arm and into the shoulder
  • Dead arm or inability to move the arm
  • Loss of feeling or numbness in arm
  • Shoulder appears deformed with a lump over the shoulder.
  • Shoulder appears as though it has been repositioned and is now out of place. Arm will face away from body with the forearm pointed forward

Separated Shoulder

A separated shoulder does not involve the shoulder joint. The collarbone (clavicle) and shoulder blade (scapula) connect to form the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint). A separated shoulder occurs when one of the ligaments connecting the collarbone (clavicle) to shoulder blade (scapula) is torn.

The most common cause of a separate shoulder is a slip and fall directly on the shoulder. Car accidents can also generate enough force to separate a shoulder. Also, anything that forces the arm up into the AC joint can cause a separated shoulder.

Symptoms Of A Separated Shoulder

  • Intense Pain;
  • Swelling sometimes accompanied by extreme bruising;
  • A bump or lump or other deformity over the collarbone;
  • Reduced range of motion in shoulder and arm and shoulder weakness.

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Biceps Tendon Tear At The Shoulder

Information About Biceps Tendon Tears At The Shoulder

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Shoulder Injury Bicep Tears and BursitisThe biceps muscle and tendon are located at the front upper arm. The biceps helps stabilize the shoulder and allows the arm to bend at the elbow.

The shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle. These three bones are connected by ligaments.

The socket is called the glenoid. The shoulder joint’s socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

Shoulder muscles are connected to these bones by tendons. Tendons provide additional stability and the muscles allow the shoulder to move and rotate. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that provide this stability and facilitate movement.

The top of the bicep muscle consists of two tendons, both of which connect to the shoulder. The biceps tendon known as the long head connects to the glenoid, or shoulder socket, while the short head tendon attaches to the bottom part of the shoulder blade. A bicep tendon tear at the shoulder occurs when either the long head of the biceps tendon or the short head of the biceps tendon sustains a tear.

The long and short head bicep tendons can sustain partial tears or complete tears. Partial tears are also know as partial thickness tears or frays. These tears do not completely tear the tendon in two. Complete tears are also known as full thickness tears. Full thickness tears rip the tendon into two pieces disconnecting the biceps from the shoulder.

Symptoms Of A Torn Biceps Tendon

  • Immediate, sharp, shooting pain in the upper arm;
  • Loud popping sound;
  • Using arm causes cramping;
  • Swelling and bruising running from the upper arm down toward the elbow;
  • Pain and swelling at the shoulder the elbow;
  • Weakness in the shoulder and the elbow;
  • pain or inability to turn the arm palm up or palm down.

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Labral SLAP Tear (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

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Shoulder Injury AccidentsThe shoulder joint socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum in effect turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket. This gives the ball, or the head of the humerus bones (humeral head), more room to fit into the socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

Common Labral Tears

  • SLAP Tear: A Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior tear or SLAP Tear is most common labral rear. SLAP tears are typically located towards the front of the arm where biceps tendon connects to the shoulder. Biceps tendon tears sometimes accompany SLAP tears.
  • Bankart Tear: Bankart tears usually occur when the shoulder dislocates. A bankart tear destabilizes the shoulder and increases the likelihood of future dislocations.

Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior tear or SLAP Tear and Bankart Tears are be caused by acute trauma or years of repeated shoulder motion. An acute trauma related injury may be caused by:

  • A car accident;
  • Slip and Fall onto an arm that is outstretched;
  • Forceful pulling on the arm as occurs when trying to catch a heavy object;
  • Forcefully moving the arm when it is positioned above the level of the shoulder;
  • Dislocated Shoulder.

SLAP tears share similar symptoms with other shoulder injuries. A SLAP tear may cause a popping, crackling or locking sound or sensation when moving the arm and shoulder. Localized shoulder pain whenever moving the arm or shoulder is a common symptom found in almost all shoulder injuries. Decreased strength and range of motion are other shared symptoms.

If the diagnosis is uncertain and the symptoms are not too serious the physician will likely pursue a conservative course of treatment. Treatment might consist of anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil and Naproxen. Physical therapy could also be prescribed in order to restore shoulder strength and mobility. Surgery may be required if the pain and other symptoms do not improve with a conservative course of treatment. Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure whereby the physician inserts a tiny camera into the shoulder. Images from the camera are shown on a T.V. in the operating room. The surgeon uses the images on the T.V. to perform repairs with tiny surgical instruments. Arthroscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive surgical procedure.

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Torn Labrum (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

Information About Torn Labrum (Shoulder Socket Injuries)

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Shoulder Injury AccidentsThe shoulder joint socket is very shallow and therefore unstable. The glenoid is the part of the shoulder blade (scapula) that makes up the socket. The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a layer of tissue/cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum in effect turns the shallow socket into a deeper socket. This gives the ball, or the head of the humerus bones (humeral head), more room to fit into the socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

The symptoms of a tear in the labrum/shoulder socket are similar to the symptoms found in many of the other major shoulder related injuries.

  • Pain with performing overhead activities;
  • locking or popping sound or sensation;
  • Nighttime pain and inability to sleep on shoulder;
  • A feeling of instability in the shoulder;
  • A decrease in range of motion;
  • Decreased strength.

These injuries are usually diagnosed by clinical observations and physical exams performed in a physician’s office. The physician will take a medical history to see a if specific incident can be traced to the injury. How the the injured occur is very telling. The physician will perform several tested determine mobility, stability and what motions cause pain.

X-rays are used for diagnosing irregularities in bones. X-rays are not the appropriate test for diagnosing glenoid labral tears. That is because the glenoid labrum is composed of soft tissue and not bone. A Computer tomography scan (CT scan) and magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI) are best for diagnosing a torn glenoid labrum tear. However, these test are not completely reliable. As a result, a physician will consider both clinical observations and CT/MRI scan results together when forming a diagnosis. A true and accurate diagnosis will be made during arthroscopic surgery.

Treatment For A Torn Labrum

There are several courses of treatment all of which rely on the severity and type of labral tear. If the symptoms and pain are not too serious a physician could first prescribe anti-inflammatories and rest. Physical therapy might be ordered in an attempt to strengthen the muscles surrounding the labrum. This reduces the tension and stress on the labrum giving it time to heal. Arthroscopic surgery is a last resort and will usually only be consider if other conservative treatment options fail.

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Frozen Shoulder

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Shoulder Injury From AccidentFrozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a shoulder condition that causes pain in the shoulder joint and immobilizes the shoulder by significantly reducing its range of motion.

Three bones makeup the shoulder. The upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and collar bone (clavicle) converge to form a ball-and-socket joint at the shoulder. The end of the upper arm bone (also known as the humeral head) fits into a shallow socket located in the shoulder blade. The shoulder blade in turn joins with the collar bone.

The ball-and-socket shoulder joint is surrounded by a strong connective tissue known as the shoulder capsule. The shoulder capsule and shoulder joint rely on Synovial fluid for mobility. The fluid acts as a lubricate aiding in the movement of the shoulder capsule and shoulder joint.

Often times the shoulder has to be completely immobilized when someone suffers a rotator cuff injury or shoulder fracture. For instance a sling is used to immobilize an injured shoulder. Immobilization allows the injury to set because constant motion aggravates the underlying injury. It can take two –four months for a shoulder fracture injury to heal.

The prolonged period of immobility causes a buildup of scar tissue in the shoulder joint which results in adhesive capsulitis. As the scar tissue sets-in, the shoulder capsule thickens and tightens. This thickening process reduces the amount of the lubricating synovial fluid in the joint. The reduction in lubrication immobilizes the shoulder joint further which increases the thickness of the shoulder capsule and the buildup of scar tissue

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, develops in three distinct stages:

  1. Freezing Stage: pains level gradually increase. Increased pain coincides with gradual lose of shoulder mobility. The freezing stage lasts anywhere from seven weeks to nine months.
  2. Frozen Stage: stiffness and restrictions in mobility remain while pain begins to subside. Activities that rely on shoulder movement or result in shoulder movement will be difficult and painful. The frozen stage lasts anywhere from four to six months.
  3. Thawing Stage: gradual increase in shoulder mobility. Six months to two years pass before reaching full strength and mobility.

Treatment For Frozen Shoulder

9 out 10 patients improve with conservative nonsurgical treatment. Conservative treatment consists of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines or corticosteroid injections. Cortisone is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is injected directly into the shoulder. Physical therapy could also be prescribed in an attempt to restore shoulder strength and mobility.

Surgical options consist of manipulation while under anesthesia or arthroscopic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery is a procedure whereby the physician inserts a tiny camera into the shoulder. Images from the camera are shown on a T.V. in the operating room. The surgeon uses the images on the T.V. to perform repairs with tiny surgical instruments. Arthroscopic surgery is considered a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Manipulation while under anesthesia consists of the surgeon putting the patient under anesthesia and forcing the shoulder to move around in an attempt to break-up or tear-up the scar tissue and adhesive capsulitis. This reduces the tightness and increase mobility.

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Bursitis/Subacromial Bursitis

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Shoulder Injury Bicep Tears and BursitisThe shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle.  These three bones are connected by ligaments.

The rotator cuff is responsible for securing the arm in the shoulder socket. The muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff attach the head of the humerus bone, or ball, to the shoulder socket.

Your shoulder contains several bursa. Bursa are fluid filled sacs that act like a cushion by reducing friction between the bones, muscles and tendons located in the shoulder.

The subacromial bursa is the most commonly inflamed bursa in the shoulder. The subacromial bursa aids the motion of the supraspinatus muscle which essential for lifting the hands above your head.

Bursitis of the shoulder is a common source of shoulder pain and is usually related to shoulder impingement syndrome. The supraspinatus muscle, located in the rotator cuff, runs between the top of the humerus/arm bone (humeral head) and the tip of the shoulder blade (acromion).

The subacromial bursa is a fluid filled sac that rests between the top of the humerus arm bone (humeral head) and the tip of the shoulder blade (acromion). The subacromial bursa is a cushion located between the two bones which allows the supraspinatus muscle to safely travel between the bones.

All sorts of trauma related negligence accidents can cause long-lasting bursitis.

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The following are other common shoulder injuries and conditions that can occur as a result of an accident.  Our attorneys can assist you in pursuing an accident claim for any of the following shoulder related injuries:

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Rotator Cuff/Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

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Rotator Cuff InjuriesThe shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle.
These three bones are connected by ligaments.

The rotator cuff is responsible for securing the arm bone (humerus) in the shoulder socket. The muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff attach the head of the humerus bone, or ball, to the shoulder socket.

Shoulder impingement occurs when the tendons in the rotator cuff become irritated and inflamed by the surrounding bones. The shoulder region is very unique. The muscles in the shoulder are unlike any of the body’s other muscles. The muscles in the body usually surround bone. However, in the shoulder area, bones surround the muscles and their connecting tendons. The rotator cuff muscles are effectively sandwiched by surrounding bones.

Impingement syndrome occurs when the surrounding bones are knocked out of alignment or compress or pinch the muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff. Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents and other trauma related accidents can cause this compression. Consistent compression and pinching can irritate and inflame the rotator cuff muscles. Consistent compression reduces the blood flow in the muscles. Reduced blood flow hardens the muscle which reduces elasticity and causes the muscle tissue fray.Lifting your hands above your head, moving your hands behind the back of your head and other shoulder movements can perpetuate this cycle of compression/pinching and painful inflammation and irritation.

Chronic pain caused by shoulder impingement can drastically reduce the quality of one’s life. Aside from living in constant pain, this injury can prevent one from engaging in physical activities like golf, tennis and all the other activities that rely on shoulder movement.

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Rotator Cuff Tear

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Shoulder Injury From AccidentThe Rotator Cuff mainly consists of a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). Additionally, the tendons of the rotator cuff help stabilize the shoulder while the muscles facilitate rotation and movement of the shoulder.

Rotator cuff tears are the most common shoulder injury. The rotator cuff consists of the following muscles: teres minor, infraspinatus, supraspinatus and subscapularis. These four muscles originate in the shoulder blade (scapula) and are connected to the humerus bone by tendons. The four muscle/tendon components are perform the following functions:

  • Supraspinatus: runs over the humeral head or ball joint of the shoulder and is responsible for abduction of the arm.
  • Subscapularis: runs across the front of the humeral head and internally rotates the arm.
  • Teres minor: runs across the back of the humeral head and externally rotates the arm.
  • Infraspinatus: runs across the back of the humeral head and this muscle externally rotates the arm.

A rotator cuff tear occurs with one of the four tendons connecting one of the four muscles sustains either a partial tear or full thickness tear.

  • Partial Tear: this type of tear results in some damaging of the tendon .
  • Full Thickness Tear: Also known as a complete tear, this tear rips the soft tissue into two pieces.

Middle aged adults and older adults with preexisting shoulder problems are more likely to sustain rotator cuff tears. High impact injuries are typically required in order produce full-thickness tears to a healthy rotator cuff found in teens and young adults. The high impact trauma usually required occurs in slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle/car accidents. Younger individuals are more likely to suffer partial thickness rotator cuff tears. Older individuals on the other hand are prone to sustaining full thickness rotator cuff tears and multiple tendon tears.

Symptoms Of A Rotator Cuff Tear

Pain in shoulder when attempting to raise arm above your head;

  • Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm;
  • Trouble sleeping due to nigh-time pain. Unable to sleep on shoulder;
  • Crackling sounds whenever moving shoulder; and/or
  • A popping sound heard at the time of the tear.

Partial thickness rotator cuff tears have a good chance of healing without surgery. Physical therapy is an important form of treatment for partial thickness tears. Physical therapy helps regain lost mobility and strengthens the other muscles of the shoulder which will take pressure off the injured tendon allowing it time to heal.

Full thickness tears typically do not heal on their own. This is because the muscles continue to put pressure on the tendon causing the edges of the tendon tear to pull apart. There are a few options for surgical repair.

  • Arthroscopic Repair: A minimally invasive procedure whereby the surgeon inserts a tiny camera into the shoulder joint. The images from the camera appear on a T.V. in the operating room. The surgeon is able to perform surgical repairs through a very small incision with the help of the video footage and a tiny set of surgical instruments.
  • Mini-Open Repair: Relatively new technology allows the surgeon to perform repairs through an incision 3 to 5 centimeters long. This form of surgery allows the surgeon to view the shoulder tear directly instead of on the T.V. During this surgery the surgeon will rely on the arthroscopic camera to view, remove and repair other structures that are not visible through the 3 to 5 centimeter incision.
  • Open Repair: This is the traditional form of surgery. The operation is performed through an incision several centimeters long. Open repair is usually performed when there is a large complex tear.

Surgical Repair And Considerations

Surgery could be considered if any of the following apply:

  • Symptoms continue for 6 to 12 months.
  • There is a large tear. Anything greater than 3 cm is considered a large tear.
  • Extreme loss in shoulder strength and function.
  • There is an acute injury.  An acute injury is one that was caused by some form of trauma like a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or slip and fall accident.

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

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Rotator Cuff InjuriesThe Rotator Cuff mainly consists of a group of tendons and four muscles that connect the upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). Additionally, the tendons of the rotator cuff help stabilize the shoulder while the muscles facilitate rotation and movement of the shoulder.

The rotator cuff can be injured in a slip and fall accident especially if someone sticks a hand out to brace for a fall and lands hard on the hand and arm. Rotator cuff injuries are common in car accidents and truck accidents.  Our law office is experienced in dealing with insurance companies in vehicle accident claims and can handle the coordination of benefits between the PIP insurer and your private health insurance carrier and will work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.

In the case of front-end collisions and side-impact accidents the driver will see the accident coming and will usually grip the steering wheel tight in order to brace for impact. This is can also be the case in rear-end accidents if the driver happens to see the accident coming in his or her rear view mirror. Most of the force generated by the impact in these collisions gets absorbed by the shoulders and rotator cuffs.

The four main muscles of the rotator cuff are:

  • Teres minor: this muscle externally rotates the arm;
  • Infraspinatus: this muscle externally rotates the arm;
  • Supraspinatus: this muscle abducts the arm;
  • Subscapularis: this muscle internally rotates the arm.

All of these muscles are inserted into the scapula or shoulder blade. The tendons connected to these muscles attach to the humerus bone. All four of these muscles are susceptible to tearing injuries. All four muscles could sustain injuries in a serious accident.

The rotator cuff is one of the most common sources of pain and injury in the shoulder. Shoulder pain can be the result of the following rotator cuff injuries:

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Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injuries Caused By AccidentsInformation About Shoulder InjuriesThe shoulder is one of the most movable and mobile joints in the body. Whether it’s swinging a golf club, shooting a basketball, combing your hair, brushing your teeth, or pouring a glass of milk we rely heavily on our shoulders in everyday life. However, the flexibility, versatility and mobility of the shoulder is source of instability.

The things that make the shoulder so useful and important also make it vulnerable to injury. The shoulder is susceptible to the following injuries and conditions: fractures, tears, separations, dislocations, sprains, strains, arthritis and tendinitis.

The shoulder is comprised of three main bones. The humerus (upper arm bone), Scapula (shoulder blade) and Clavicle (collar bone) all merge to form a ball-and-socket joint. The end of the humerus (also known as the humeral head) meets with the scapula. The scapula in turn joins with the clavicle. These three bones are connected by ligaments.

Shoulder muscles are connected to these bones by tendons. Tendons provide additional stability and the muscles allow the shoulder to move and rotate. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that provide this stability and facilitate movement.

The labrum (glenoid labrum) is a cuff of cartilage that lines the shoulder socket. The labrum stabilizes the ball-and-socket shoulder joint by keeping the ball (humeral head) in the socket (scapula).

The shoulder is a complex structure made up of many moving parts. The shoulder’s range of motion and versatility puts great strain on the bones, tendons, cartilage, muscles and ligaments that comprise the shoulder. As a result, these structures are susceptible to injuries.

The following are examples of common shoulder injuries:

  • Broken bones and fractures. The clavicle (collar bone), proximal humerus or humeral head and scapula (shoulder blade) are susceptible to fractures.
  • Soft-tissue injuries involve tearing of ligaments, muscles, tendons and cartilage. Rotator cuff tears and labral tears are the most common soft tissue injuries.

Dislocations occur when the bones are knocked loose from joints. The following three joints are prone to dislocation:

  • Dislocated acromioclavicular joint. This the collar bone joint. This type of dislocation is also known as a “separated shoulder.”
  • Dislocated sternoclavicular joint. The clavicle and sternum (breastbone) connect to form this joint.
  • Dislocated glenohumeral joint. This is typically referred to as the the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. This joint can be dislocated at the front or toward the back.

The following are common shoulder injuries and conditions:

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Knee Injuries – MCL Tear and LCL Tear Injury

Information About MCL Tear and LCL Tear Injuries

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Knee InjuriesThe medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the lateral crucial ligament (LCL) are two of the four ligaments that stabilize the knee joint. Both are located on the sides of the knee. The MCL is located on the inside of the knee while the LCL is located on the outside of the knee. The MCL and LCL, also known as the collateral ligaments, control the sideways movement and stability of the knee.

The knee relies heavily on these ligaments for stability and as a result both the MCL and LCL are easily injured. The MCL is injured more often than the LCL. MCL tears usually accompany an injury to the meniscus. Other structures in the knee joint usually sustain an injury when the LCL is injured. An LCL tear is usually accompanied by an ACL tear or a PCL tear.

What Causes an MCL Tear and LCL Tear

The MCL and LCL are injured in several ways. However, most tears require great force:

  • A direct blow that forces the knee sideways.
  • MCL tears are usually the result of a blow to the outside of the knee. The ligament tears when the knee is force inward in the direction of the other knee.
  • LCL tears are usually the result of a blow to the inside of the knee.

Symptoms

  • Pain located on the inside and or outside of the knee. Pain on the inside of the knee for MCL injuries and pain on the outside of the knee for LCL injuries.
  • Swelling might appear in some case but might not appear in other cases.
  • Knee Instability or a feeling that your knee has giving way.
  • Lack of side to side range of motion or flexibility.

Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical examination on the knee to determine if there is a strain, tear or rupture. The doctor will perform a test called the varus knee test by applying slight pressure to the inner knee joint. The patient will be sent for an MRI which will pinpoint the extent of the injury and rule out injuries to other structures in the knee. X-Rays could also be ordered to determine if the femur or tibia sustained a fracture.

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Knee Injuries – PCL Tear Injury

Information About PCL Tear Injuries

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Knee InjuriesThe posterior cruciate ligament (MCL) is located in the back of the knee. It is one of four ligaments that form the knee joint by connecting the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament helps stabilize the knee by preventing the tibia from moving backwards too far.

Posterior cruciate ligament injuries are the most uncommon knee ligament injury. The PCL is stronger and larger than the ACL but it can still suffer tears. Less than 20 percent of all knee ligament injuries involve to PCL. PCL injuries usually occur along with injuries to other structures in the knee. If there is a PCL injury then odds are that cartilage, other ligaments, and bone have been injured.

What causes a PCL tear?

PCL injuries can happen many ways but injury usually requires a great amount of force:

  • A direct hit to the front of the knee (like when a bent knee hits a dashboard or steering column in a car accident)
  • Twisting or hyper-extending the knee
  • Landing on the knee while it is bent

Symptoms

  • Mild to severe pain with swelling that develops quickly after the injury
  • Swelling that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp
  • Wobbly sensation that makes it difficult to walk
  • Inability to bear weight on the knee and feeling like it may “give out”

Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical examination on the knee to determine if there is a strain, tear or rupture. The patient will be sent for an MRI in order to pinpoint the extent of the injury and rule out injuries to other structures in the knee. X-Rays could also be ordered to determine if the femur or tibia sustained a fracture.

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Knee Injuries – ACL Tear Injury

Information About ACL Tear Injuries

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Knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament injuryThe anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is found inside the knee joint. The ACL is one of the ligaments that help form the knee joint by connecting the femur bone to the shinbone bone. In addition to holding these bones together, the ACL provides support by stabilizing the knee. An ACL tear destabilizes the entire knee.

ACL tears are one of the most common knee injuries. ACLs are susceptible to tears when they are subjected to quick or intense twisting. These types of movements subject the ACL to tremendous stress which causes tears or strains. An ACL can either tear, rupture or sprain.

A sprain is not as serious as a tear or a rupture. A sprain occurs when the ligament is overstretched resulting in damage to the collagen fibers which, in turn, results in localized inflammation. A tear is less serious than a rupture and patients will find that they can put some pressure on a knee with a torn ACL. An ACL rupture on the other hand is very serious. An ACL rupture is basically a complete tear. Anyone with a ruptured ACL likely wont be able to walk. Partial tears are rare as most ACL injuries are complete tears.

What causes an ACL tear?

The ACL is injured in several ways:

  • Rapid changes in direction
  • Sudden stops
  • Slowing down while running
  • Jumping and landing awkwardly
  • Direct impact from a collision

Symptoms

  • “Popping” noise followed by knee giving out;
  • Pain, inflammation and swelling. Knee will begin to swell within 24 hours;
  • Decrease and loss of range of motion;
  • Tenderness around the knee joint;
  • Pain and discomfort when walking.

Diagnosis

Anyone suffering an ACL tear will immediately know something is wrong with their knee. A popping noise indicates that the tendon has torn. This popping noise is usually followed by inflammation, pain, and loss of knee stability. These symptoms are clearly indicative of a serious problem and that is why most people with ACL tears know to seek medical treatment right away.

The doctor will perform a physical examination on the knee to determine if there is a strain, tear, or rupture. The patient will be sent for an MRI which will pinpoint the extent of the injury. X-Rays may also be ordered to determine if the femur or tibia sustained a fracture.

Treatment

Some sort of therapy is always required. Surgical invention is also usually required, especially in the case of a ruptures or tears. Sprains usually don’t require surgery.

An ACL will not repair itself if it has been torn. However, some patients might not have surgery. Elderly people usually forgoe surgery and opt instead for therapy. Anyone opting for therapy without surgery is looking at several weeks or months of knee instability and physical therapy. The purpose of physical therapy is to build up the muscles around the torn tendon in order to take pressure off the torn tendon and help provide additional stability to the knee.

A torn ACL ligament can be reconnected with reconstructive surgery. A tendon graft can be performed by taking excess tendons from the patients quad or hamstring muscle and using it to reconnect the torn ACL ligament. A patient who has surgery is looking at several weeks of physical therapy in order to regain strength and flexibility in the knee. The recovery period is anywhere from 4 to 6 months.

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Knee Injuries – Meniscus/Meniscal Tear Injury

Information About Meniscus/Meniscal Tear Injuries

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Meniscus tear and surgical treatmentMeniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage located between the tibia and femur. This cartilage acts as a cushion or shock absorber which protects and stabilizes the knee joint during walking, running and bending.

A meniscus tear is usually caused by twisting the knee or turning quickly while the knee is bent or the foot is planted. A direct blow to the knee is sometimes a cause.

Symptoms Of A Meniscus Tear

Some people hear a “popping” sound when their meniscus tears. Most people can put pressure on their knee and walk after a meniscal tear. If you continue to engage in physical activity after the tear then your knee will get more stiff and swollen over time.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Lack of flexibility, stiffness and swelling
  • Locking of the knee
  • Feeling that the knee is going to “giving out”

Diagnosis

The doctor will perform a physical examination on the knee to determine if there is a strain, tear or rupture. The patient will be sent for an MRI in order to pinpoint the extent of the injury and rule out injuries to other structures in the knee.

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About Knee Injuries

Information About Knee Injuries

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Knee DiagramThe knees are among the largest joints in the human body. They provide flexibility and stability to the legs and lower body. The muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones of the knee all play a major role in the functioning of the knee. The complexity of the knee, with all these different parts, makes it susceptible to several types of injuries.

Knee Injuries Caused By Vehicle Accidents and Slip And Fall Accidents

Knee injuries usually occur when force is exerted on the leg or knee causing the knee to twist, bend the wrong way, or hyper-extend. That is why knee injuries often occur in slip and fall accidents and car and truck accidents.

The knees are located in close proximity to the vehicle dashboards, steering columns and doors. It is common for a driver’s knees to smash into the steering column in either a front-end or rear end collision. A front seat passenger is likely to strike his or her knees on the dash board in these head-on and rear-end type accidents. Both the driver and front seat passenger are likely to have their knees smashed into the doors during a side impact or T-bone type accidents.

Types of Knee Injuries

The knee is the largest joint in the human body and is comprised of bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilage all of which are susceptible to injury. Approximately 10 million patients visited the doctors last year due to knee injuries involving ligament tears, bone fractures, and dislocations.

Bones

The thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia) and kneecap (patella) meet to form the knee joint. The most common bone broken in the knee is the patella. However, fractures at the ends of the tibia and femur can have an effect on the knee as these two bones help form the knee joint.

Please click on one of the following links to read about bone injuries that involve or effect the knee:

Ligaments

The three bones that comprise the knee joint are connected by ligaments. These ligaments hold the knee together. Please click on the following links to read about common knee ligament injuries:

Cartilage

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage located between the tibia and femur. This cartilage acts as a cushion or shock absorber which stabilizes the knee joint. Please click on the following link to read about meniscus injuries:

Brockton Personal Injury Attorneys

If you suffered an accident due to the negligence or careless actions of someone else, call our lawyers today for a free legal consultation.

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About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

Information About Fractured/Broken Rib Injuries

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fractured ribBruised or broken rib injuries are extremely painful. Simple things like breathing, chewing, coughing, rolling over in bed, brushing ones teeth, getting in and out of your car or bending over to pick something up can cause pain. Serious rib fractures can even puncture lungs or cause internal bleeding.

All rib fractures are not serious. Fractures don’t just occur as a result of car accidents, slip and fall accidents or sports-related contact. There are several activities and movements that are capable of exerting enough stress on the ribs to cause a fracture — a quick movement of the rib cage during a sneeze or golf swing could result in a fractured or cracked rib.

Symptoms Of A Fractured/Broken Rib

The ribs and rib cage perform two major functions: they protect the organs in your upper body and help you breathe.

The muscles used for breathing contract on the ribs and rib cage in order to allow air into and out of the lungs. If you have a cracked, fractured or bruised rib then you might experience pain every time you take a breath and as a result you might feel that you are only able to take shallow breaths. You may also experience swelling, tenderness and bruises to the skin.

Symptoms can depend on which rib has been injured. Ribs situated in the middle of your chest are the most vulnerable to fracture and bruising injuries and are usually the cause of pain. A minor crack or hairline fracture could produce little pain while a bruise to one of the tendons in the rib cage could produce a great amount of pain and decreased mobility in the upper body.

Treatment For Rib Fractures

One of the major downsides of a fractured or cracked rib injury is the inability to treat the injury with a cast. The ribs cannot be constricted and a cast of some type would restrict or prevent breathing. The breathing process slows the recovery period because the ribs expand and contract with every breath. Fracture ribs take longer to heal than most other bone fractures because the ribs are continually forced to move with every breath. Recovery time can be anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks depending on the location and severity of the fracture.

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About Airbag Injuries

A Brief History Of Airbags

Airbag deployment can cause serious injuries.The first airbag was installed in the 1950s. By 1995 approximately 70 percent of the motor vehicles manufactured in the United States came equipped with airbags. In the late 1999’s laws were  passed requiring airbags to be installed in all newly manufactured vehicles.  Under the current law, all cars manufactured on or after 1998 were required to have airbags and all light trucks manufactured on or after 1999 were required to have air bags.

Do airbags really save lives?

Yes.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration airbags save thousands of lives every year. However, airbags can cause severe, and sometimes permanent, injuries. The statistics related to airbag injuries have been somewhat ignored because approximately 29,000 lives have been saved by airbags since 2009.

How do airbags work?

Airbags are made from a light and strong fabric that are packed into various locations throughout the vehicle. The driver’s side airbag is packed into the steering wheel while front passenger side airbags are stored behind the dashboard.

All vehicle airbags are connected to a series of crash sensors. These crash sensors are placed throughout the car. Theses sensors can tell when the vehicle has been in involved in a crash and send signals to the airbags causing them to deploy if the vehicle is involved in a low-crash range of 8 to 14 MPH (naturally, they also deploy at higher speeds as well.)

Once the sensor determines there is an accident it sends an electronic alert to an inflator system that inflates the airbag. This inflator system ignites a chemical reaction which produces an explosion of nitrogen or argon gas that fills the airbag. This whole process takes place in a matter of milliseconds. These chemical explosions can cause airbags to deploy at speeds over 100 MPH — a speed the exceeds most crashes – and can cause serious trauma related injuries.

Who is most likely to be injured by airbags?

Approximately 2.5 percent of drivers involved in serious crashes are likely to suffer serious injury due airbag deployment. However, most airbag injuries occur in low-speed collisions. Shorter people are located closer to airbags and therefore are at an increased risk of injury. Children and elderly are also more susceptible to airbag injuries.

Types Of Injuries Caused By Airbags

Many types of injuries can occur because so many different parts of the body are exposed to airbags.  The following are some examples of ways in which airbags can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers:

  • The speed at which the airbag deploys can cause abrasions, lacerations and impact burns which can be disfiguring;
  • The chemical reaction that produces the hot gases which inflate the airbag can cause burns;
  • Vehicle occupants can suffer chemical burns if the airbag is ripped and the chemicals that inflate the airbag are released;
  • An asthma attack could ensue if the chemicals are release in the air and then inhaled;
  • Cardiac and pulmonary complications may result. The right ventricle is located right behind the sternum and the sternum sustains a full impact upon deployment;
  • This can result in a cardiac contusion or a ruptured right atrium which is very susceptible to ruptures because it is a very thin vascular structure;
  • Airbag deployment can cause fractures in the rib, sternum, skull, eye socket (orbital fracture), nose (nasal fracture), wrist, elbow, fingers;
  • Eye injuries like retinal tears or retinal detachment;
  • Internal bleeding;
  • Organ failure;
  • Concussion/closed head injury/Post Concussion Syndrome;

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Delivery Truck Accident Attorneys

Holding Delivery Truck Drivers Accountable for Truck Accidents

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Every day, thousands of delivery trucks—from the U.S Postal Service, UPS and Fed Ex, among other companies—travel the length and breadth of Massachusetts. Because of the nature of the overnight-shipping business, the drivers of these trucks are often under intense pressure to complete a certain number of deliveries every day.

Untrained or frazzled drivers may not only be tempted to speed, but to cut corners when it comes to basic safety: neglecting to engage the parking brake, for example, causing the vehicle to roll down a sloped road, or backing up when they’ve passed a house rather than taking the time to go around the block.

Shipping companies like UPS and Fed Ex have a responsibility to properly train their drivers, to keep their trucks in good working condition, and to give their employees realistic daily quotas so as not to encourage the dangerous driving behaviors detailed above.

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If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a delivery truck, either as a pedestrian, driver,  or a property owner you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Our personal injury accident attorneys may be able to hold the shipping company, as well as the driver of the truck, liable for medial expenses, lost income, as well as for damages.

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Car Accident FAQs: Can I get a rental car?

Car Accident FAQs:  Can I get a rental car?

If Your Auto Insurance Policy Contains Substitute/Rental Car Coverage

Your own insurance will reimburse you for the cost of substitute transportation if your car was involved in an accident and it is being repaired. Generally, this optional coverage, which comes at an additional price, will reimburse you a total of $15 a day for car rental or substitute transportation costs (i.e. taxi, bus, and train) up to $450. Just because you have this extra rental car provision in your policy it doesn’t mean that rental car companies must rent you a car. They may refuse to rent you a car if you are under a certain age, have poor credit or don’t have the required credit card.

If Your Auto Insurance Policy Does Not Contain Substitute/Rental Car Coverage

Massachusetts civil law requires the party responsible for an accident pay for substitute transportation. However, you will likely be required to pay for the rental car yourself when you turn it in to the rental company. Legally the person responsible for your accident must pay for any substitute transportation but it may take months for them to reimburse you.

Towing Expenses And Storage Fees

Under certain circumstances the insurance company for the party at fault may agree to pay for these fees. However, if they do not agree to pay then you will be personally liable for these fees. It is important that you don’t let theses fees pile up. Storage fees range from $35-$50 a day and can pile up fast.

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