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Coping With A Severe Shoulder Injury

As a workers’ comp attorney, I often see clients with shoulder injuries. The shoulder has more range of motion than any other joint in the body. Your shoulder is used in almost every arm movement you make. Because of this, shoulders are frequently injured. Shoulder injuries can be debilitating.

The most common ways that shoulders are injured are through:

  • A fall on an outstretched arm
  • A direct blow to the shoulder or
  • Abnormal twisting or bending of the shoulder

Types Of Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder problems may be minor aches and pains such as a muscle strain or a bruise. These types of injuries may only need home treatment. Or, shoulder injuries may be more serious such as a broken bone, dislocated shoulder, nerve damage or a torn rotator cuff. These injuries may need more intensive medical treatment and may take a long time to heal.

Common symptoms of shoulder injuries include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Changes in temperature or color
  • Changes in range of motion

Types Of Treatment

For shoulder injuries, treatment falls into three main categories:

Activity changes and exercise This is the least invasive form of treatment. It usually consists of rest, changing or restricting activities, and physical therapy. A doctor may recommend using a sling to keep the shoulder in place.

Medications — Medication can range from over-the-counter pain relievers, to prescribed pain relievers in pill form, to injections of numbing medicines or steroids to relieve pain.

Surgery In extreme cases, surgery may be needed. Recurring dislocations and some rotator cuff tears may not benefit from exercise, so surgery may be recommended early in treatment. Arthroscopy is used to remove scar tissue or repair torn tissues. For shoulder dislocations, a doctor performs a procedure that pushes the ball of the upper arm back into the socket. Other procedures are used for larger reconstructions or shoulder replacement.

Even after surgery, an injured worker may need physical therapy, medication and other treatment for short- or long-term pain. The worker may still have restricted range of motion and loss of full use of the shoulder. That is why it is important not to settle a workers’ comp shoulder injury claim too soon. It is best to make sure there is no permanent disability after all treatment options have been implemented.

Why Working With An Attorney Makes Sense

Even if you have a temporary disability from the work injury, it is best to let a qualified and experienced workers’ compensation attorney help you evaluate your claim. I am Mark L. Chipokas, a Cedar Rapids injury lawyer with more than 25 years of experience. I offer free consultations to injured workers.

Call 319-366-7888 or use my online contact form to make an appointment. There are no upfront costs, and I only collect a fee if I help you obtain benefits.

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Kathy Miller
Kathy Miller
16:31 19 Apr 21
The entire staff treated us with the respect, kindness and consideration throughout our process. We were impressed with... the communication and responsiveness to our questions and concerns. In conclusion we were very comfortable with the end results of our experience. We would recommend Mark Chipokas Law more
Melissa Barber
Melissa Barber
23:37 04 Mar 21
My husband needed a professional dedicated Workman's Compensation Attorney. When I found Mark Chipokas and his team of... fully experienced legal experts, we knew that they would be standing strong for him. Their professional advice and dedication from all members made us know that we had made the best decision right from the start. 100% Goal was acheive!! Thank you Mark, Polly & Angela for all you have more
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
16:18 10 Feb 21
Highly recommend! Mark is not only professional, he is personable and takes the time to know his clients. We always... felt that our concerns were valued and that Mark had our best interests at heart. Additionally, we always knew how our case was progressing and were encouraged to ask questions about the legal process. In a world where most people are out for themselves, it’s good to know there are still people like Mark Chipokas out there who are ethical and fighting for the right more
Tricia McAtee
Tricia McAtee
17:47 04 Feb 21
I highly recommend Mark. I went to Mark when my workers comp issue ran into to problems. He was able to help me get... things resolved. He has a awesome team in Angela and Polly!read more
Andrea Baker
Andrea Baker
10:14 05 Sep 20
After being injured on my job and following their every step through physical therapy and still not having the end... results I needed. I contacted Mark and after my meeting with him and his very concerned and gracious team I felt that making Mark my lawyer was going to be the best for me to get the help I needed. It took 1 year of frustration to get my work company to get me the care I deserved. If it wasn't for him and his team fighting for what was right I would have never been able to get the surgery done. I appreciate him and his staff for listening to me when I emailed, called or even stopped more
Amy Johnson
Amy Johnson
01:20 10 Jul 20
Mark, Polly and Angela have been there for my husband and I from day one. They have been by my side through every... twist and turn in the alternate universe known as worker’s compensation law. Mark has always been readily available on the phone and in person if I had any questions or concerns. Mark has truly been a God send and I don’t believe I would have had the same outcomes without him. When I thought I had no fight left he was there to fight for me. Because of that fight Mark was able to get me a settlement that has truly been life changing for my more
Hans Cordes
Hans Cordes
22:47 30 Jun 20
Mark and his team did an amazing job for me, I'm out of state with a time change and Mark ,Angela and Polly all worked... hard at staying in touch with me and keeping me informed every step of the way, I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to help me out. Thanks Mark and all your great teamread more
Joe Larue
Joe Larue
01:42 18 May 20
Everyone at the office was pleasant to work with. They all listened, and were great at getting back to me in a timely... manner. Mark worked hard for me and for what he believed was right and fair. I would and will recommend him to anyone who need a amazing more
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