Common Workplace Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder is a critical joint in the body. Your shoulders twist, lift, brace weight over your head, and experience a number of other stains throughout the workday. Repetitive arm motions and poor ergonomics can cause injuries to the shoulder. Here are some common shoulder injuries that many workers sustain.

Rotator Cuff Tears

Your rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that stabilize your shoulder. They are responsible for lifting and rotating the arm and protect the shoulder within the joint. These are common injuries for athletes and workers who experience a trauma to their shoulder or who make may repetitive motions through the day. A torn rotator cuff can cause significant pain and disability. Weakened shoulder muscles can make it a challenge to complete daily activities.


Workers who use their hands above shoulder level may experience pain as their rotator cuff muscles become inflamed and irritated where they pass through the subacromial space. This can cause serious pain, and injured workers may even lose mobility of the arm at the shoulder.

Shoulder Fractures & Trauma

There are three bones in the shoulder: the scapula, the clavicle, and the humerus. The shoulder also has three separate joints: the glenohumeral joint, the acromioclavicular joint and the sternoclavicular joint. Fractures, dislocations, and soft-tissue injuries can cause lasting injuries. Falls are a hazard that can cause fractures and dislocations.

If you’ve been injured at work, you deserve to face your recovery with support. Our Cobb County workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers claim the full benefits they and their family deserve. At Chestnut & Beller, we will help you understand your claim, and work toward your goals for your claim.

Learn what we can do to help you. Contact our offices to request a free case evaluation. Call (770) 285-5542.