There are three common shoulder injuries; rotator cuff, tendonitis and dislocation. This article will deal with rotator cuff tears.
Rotator Cuff Tear
The rotator cuff is made of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. A rotator cuff injury, such as a tear, may happen suddenly such as when falling onto an outstretched arm or develop over time with repetitive activities. The later is referred to as a Gillette injury in Minnesota. Both of these claims are compensable Minnesota workers compensation injuries.
There are many common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear though injured workers may experience symptoms differently. The most customary symptoms often include:
- recurring pain especially with common activities
- difficulty sleeping on the injured side due to pain
- grating or cracking sounds with movement of the arm
- difficulty moving your arm
- noticeable arm weakness