Illinois Car Accident Injuries: Torn Rotator Cuff

Car accidents in Illinois can result in a multitude of serious injuries. One common injury from car accidents is a torn rotator cuff. A torn rotator cuff affects your shoulder’s movement and can cause significant pain. 

What does it mean to have a torn rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is a grouping of muscles and tendons in each shoulder that help the shoulder move. When a person has a torn rotator cuff, it means he or she has a tear in one of the tendons in this group. The tear could have been caused by overuse, but torn rotator cuffs often also result from car accidents. 

What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff? 

Symptoms of a torn rotator cuff will generally include but are not limited to the following:

  • Pain in the top or side of the shoulder. In a torn rotator cuff injury, the pain is usually sudden in onset and severe in intensity.
  • Pain radiating down the arm and/or pain in the neck and back.
  • Difficulty raising your arm up and other issues moving the shoulder joint.
  • Weakness in the shoulder and upper arm.
  • Swelling and inflammation in the shoulder.
  • A popping noise when moving the shoulder joint.

How is a torn rotator cuff diagnosed?

Your doctor will diagnose your rotator cuff injury by performing a thorough examination, which should include looking at your shoulder and also taking imaging of the shoulder, like an X-Ray or an ultrasound. It is important to see a doctor as soon as you have symptoms of a torn rotator cuff. This will ensure that you have an accurate and timely diagnosis, and you can form a treatment plan that works best. 


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