Shoulder Impingement: An Overlooked Work-Related Injury

by James M. Hoffmann on Sep. 22, 2023

Employment Workers' Compensation 

Summary: Shoulder impingement is a common but often overlooked work-related injury affecting various professions. Symptoms include persistent shoulder pain and limited range of motion. Treatment can include medication and sometimes surgery. Workers' compensation can cover costs, but the claims process may be complex.

Shoulder impingement is a common but often overlooked condition that affects a vast number of workers across various professions. Whether you're a construction worker, office employee, or healthcare provider, this debilitating issue can severely limit your range of motion and impact your ability to perform daily tasks. In this article, we will explore what shoulder impingement is, its symptoms, causes, and why it's crucial to consult with a St. Louis workers compensation attorney if you're facing this work-related injury.


What Is Shoulder Impingement?

Shoulder impingement occurs when the bones of the shoulder press against the tendons or bursa, causing inflammation, pain, and restricted movement. The condition can be categorized into two main types: primary and secondary. Primary impingement is often caused by anatomical factors, such as a narrowing of the space where the rotator cuff muscles pass through. Secondary impingement, more commonly associated with work-related tasks, occurs due to poor posture, muscle imbalances, or repetitive activities that strain the shoulder joint.


Symptoms of Shoulder Impingement

The symptoms of shoulder impingement are not always apparent in the early stages, which makes it easy to overlook. Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent pain in the shoulder, especially when lifting your arm

  • A feeling of 'catching' or 'locking' when moving the arm

  • Reduced range of motion

  • Weakness and discomfort during daily activities


Work-Related Causes of Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is often the result of repetitive or awkward motions performed in the workplace. Professions that require heavy lifting, overhead activities, or extensive arm movements are particularly susceptible. This includes:

  • Construction workers

  • Painters

  • Mechanics

  • Office workers with poor ergonomic setups

  • Healthcare professionals involved in lifting and moving patients


Diagnosis and Treatment

A thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional is necessary for accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. Diagnostic methods like X-rays or MRI scans may be used to assess the condition. Treatment typically includes rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and in severe cases, surgical intervention.


The Importance of Workers' Compensation

When shoulder impingement is a result of work-related activities, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. This can help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs. However, claiming workers' compensation is not always straightforward. Employers or insurance companies might dispute the nature of your injury, complicating the claims process.


Speak with a St. Louis Workers Compensation Attorney

If you're facing a shoulder impingement work-related injury, it's crucial to consult with a qualified attorney to navigate the complexities of workers' compensation laws. The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann has over 30 years of experience in handling thousands of cases. They offer a free consultation and are available 24/7 to assist you. Navigating the legal system can be overwhelming, but you don't have to do it alone.


Why Choose the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann?

  1. Over 30 Years of Experience: With a long history in workers' compensation law, the firm understands the nuances of shoulder impingement cases.

  2. Thousands of Cases: The sheer number of cases handled signifies a deep understanding of the intricacies involved in getting the compensation you deserve.

  3. Free Consultation: Before committing to any legal steps, you can benefit from a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your options.

  4. Availability: With a 24/7 call service, you can get the assistance you need, whenever you need it.


St. Louis Workers Compensation Lawyer

Shoulder impingement is a common but often overlooked work-related injury that can have a lasting impact on your ability to work and your overall quality of life. If you're experiencing symptoms or have been diagnosed with shoulder impingement due to your job, take action now. Contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann for a free consultation and ensure that you're well-represented in your quest for just compensation.


To discuss your case and learn more about your rights, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann today. With over 30 years of experience and thousands of cases, we can guide you through the complex legal landscape. Don't let a shoulder impingement work-related injury hamper your life and livelihood. Call us 24/7 at (314) 361-4300 for a free consultation and get the assistance you need.

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