Shoulder Injury Accidents


Common Shoulder Injuries

Most problems in the shoulder involve the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, rather than the bones.

The shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone)

The bones of the shoulder are held in place by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Tendons are strong cords of tissue that attach the shoulder muscles to the bone and assist the muscles in moving the shoulder. Ligaments attach shoulder bones to each other thus providing stability.

The rotator cuff is a structure composed of tendons that, with associated muscles, holds the ball at the top of the humerus in the glenoid socket and provides mobility and strength to the shoulder joint.

There are several types of common shoulder injuries:

  • Chronic tear

  • Acute tear - Often occurs after heavy lifting or when using ones arms in an attempt to cushion a slip or fall

  • Tendinitis - Can occur due to repetitive movement of the shoulder area

Shoulder injury symptoms

  • Pain is usually worse at night and may interfere with sleep

  • Worsening pain followed by gradual weakness

  • Decrease in the ability to move the arm, especially out to the side

  • Patient is able to use arm for most activities but unable to use the injured arm for activities that entail lifting the arm past the shoulder or to the front or side


You may have the right to receive compensation for injuries which are sustained as the result of a trauma or repetitive stress injury to the shoulder.

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