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How rotator cuff injuries can happen at work

On Behalf of | May 28, 2021 | Firm News |

How rotator cuff injuries can happen at work

Some of the most common types of injuries that can happen in a Georgia workplace are those to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder that play a critical function to hold the ball joint of the arm bone in the shoulder socket and to enable people to move and use their shoulders. When a rotator cuff is injured, it can be very painful and limiting. People who are at risk of rotator cuff injuries include nursing home employees, hospital nursing staff, construction workers, order pickers, warehouse workers, and others who are required to lift heavy objects or have jobs with repetitive movements.

How can a rotator cuff injury occur at work?

Rotator cuff injuries can be caused by lifting heavy objects the wrong way, repetitive stress, or sudden blows. For example, people who have to lift patients in nursing homes or hospitals might suffer rotator cuff injuries. Lifting heavy items overhead or incorrectly can also result in these types of injuries. They can also happen to people whose job functions are repetitive in assembly lines and warehouses due to repetitive stress on their shoulders. Slipping and falling at work and impacting the shoulder can also cause rotator cuff injuries.

When workers incur rotator cuff injuries they can range from small to large tears of the muscles and tendons. The treatment that might be required for these types of injuries will depend on the worker’s symptoms and the severity of the tear. Workers’ comp might pay for the treatment required for a rotator cuff injury.

Rotator cuff injuries can be disabling when they are severe. They may require surgery to repair, and the injured worker may not be able to return to work for weeks or months. People who are injured while working may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits might cover all of their medical expenses, prescription costs, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. If they are unable to return to work for some time, workers’ compensation benefits might also include disability payments until they have recovered.