Rotator Cuff Injuries

Information About 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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