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What is should impingement syndrome and can I sue in New York?

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2020 | Injuries |

New York residents might be wondering if the shoulder injury that they have is severe enough to pursue a lawsuit if the injury occurred in an accident of some kind. Here is more information on shoulder impingement syndrome so that you can make an informed decision.

What kind of injury is shoulder impingement syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndromes occurs after you have suffered a rotator cuff injury, causing them to rub against the top of your shoulder joint. Disruption of the joint tissue occurs, causing significant pain and loss of movement. Any existing degeneration in your shoulder joint due to age may become much worse after the injury.

What can cause shoulder impingement syndrome?

• A torn rotator cuff caused by acceleration followed immediately by a sudden deceleration (as in an automobile accident)
• A fall at work
• A cyclist falling off the bicycle while trying to avoid an accident with a motor vehicle
• A pedestrian being struck by a car

Treatment options for shoulder impingement syndrome

Most doctors begin with a conservative treatment plan of ice, then heat, pain medications, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Once the shoulder has healed somewhat, they may refer you to a physical therapist.

In addition to physical therapy sessions, your doctor may recommend therapeutic massage or chiropractic visits. If these conservative treatments do not work, there is a gamut of other (expensive) treatments that you can undergo, including surgery. All of this depends upon the extent of your injury and how well your body responds to conventional treatment methods.

Personal injury lawsuits are not uncommon with shoulder impingement syndrome. Shoulder impingement syndrome can range from mild to severe and may necessitate lifelong treatment.