Shoulder Injuries

Dallas Medical Clinic For Workers Suffering From Shoulder Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shoulder injuries account for 13 percent of musculoskeletal disorders reported by injured workers – and that the average worker with a shoulder injury misses 21 days of work while recovering. Generally, across the United States, an estimated 7.5 million Americans visited their doctor or an emergency room due to shoulder pain.

At Work Injury MD, we understand both the severity and the seriousness of shoulder injuries, from simple sprains and strains to fractures and dislocations. Not only do we offer a full range of compassionate medical care for all workers with shoulder conditions, we are also very familiar with the process of recovering from a work injury while collecting the appropriate documentation to file a workers’ compensation claim, either through the Department of Labor or through the Texas workers’ compensation program.

We help all workers get the medical care that they need and deserve, including:

  • Postal workers
  • Construction workers
  • Office workers and clerks
  • Jail and prison workers
  • TSA employees
  • Registered nurses
  • Forest service employees
  • Compliance officers

Our board-certified physician approaches each shoulder injury with the same care and thoroughness in which he:

  • Learns about the patient’s medical history.
  • Listens to the detailed story of the work injury.
  • Examines the patient.
  • Runs all necessary diagnostic tests.
  • Analyzes the results of the exam and tests.
  • Makes a diagnosis.
  • Creates a treatment plan with the input of the patient.
  • Guides the patient through treatment while making all needed changes.

Even if you have visited other doctors regarding your injury, and even if you haven’t found a successful solution for your injury or pain, we encourage you to keep striving for health by working with medical professionals who are familiar with on-the-job injuries.

To schedule an appointment with our doctor, or to simply talk to one of our medical professionals about our services, please call us today.

Common Types Of Shoulder Injuries For Workers & Federal Employees

Some shoulder injuries are more common than others for workers and federal employees, and certain shoulder injuries are more common for specific types of workers. For example, an employee who spends his or her day repeatedly lifting objects over the head is at a much higher risk for shoulder overuse injuries than other workers. Below, we have briefly listed the top types of shoulder injuries related to workers’ compensation claims:

  • Dislocations. When the bone of the arm pops out of the shoulder blade socket.
  • Separations. When the ligaments that hold your collarbone to your shoulder blade are damaged.
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis. When the tendons that connect your muscles to your bones in your shoulder area become inflamed.
  • Rotator cuff tears. When the tendons that connect your the muscles to your bones in your shoulder area are torn.
  • Frozen shoulders. When an event, such as overuse, causes stiffness, pain, and lack of range of motion in the shoulder area.
  • Fractures. When a bone in the shoulder area, such as the collarbone, upper arm, or shoulder blade is broken.

All of the above shoulder injuries require medical attention and should be treated with thought and care from a medical doctor. During and after treatment, injury victims should be sure to evaluate why the on-the-job injury took place and what needs to be done to prevent similar injuries in the future, involving either themselves or others.

Be sure to know what to do after an on-the-job shoulder injury:

  • Report the injury to your manager.
  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Collect all relevant evidence and documentation related to your injury.
  • Follow the advice of your doctor closely.
  • File a workers’ compensation claim if necessary.

The Leading Causes Of On-The-Job Shoulder Injuries

The majority of shoulder injuries occur during physical, non-sedentary jobs, but it is important to understand that a should injury can take place whether you are a construction worker or an office worker. It is also important to understand that shoulder injuries can happen during a specific injury, as well as over a longer period of time.

Here are the top four causes of on-the-job shoulder injuries:

  • Lifting. Lifting too many objects throughout the workday, lifting objects incorrectly, and lifting heavy objects can all lead to serious shoulder conditions, including rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder separation.
  • Falling. When you fall, you instinctively put your arm out to break your fall. While this natural reaction can save you from head injuries and internal injuries, it can also lead to shoulder, arm, and hand injuries. Specifically, a fall could damage your rotator cuff, cause a dislocation, or cause a shoulder fracture.
  • Auto accidents. If you drive for work or ride in a vehicle for work, you are at risk of being injured in a traffic accident. Even impacts at low speeds can result in a shoulder injury, including a dislocation, a fracture, sprains, or strains.
  • Overuse and repetitive motions. Workers who lift, push, pull, or carry throughout their day are at risk for an overuse or repetitive movement shoulder injury, such as rotator cuff tendonitis or frozen shoulder. Not only do overuse injuries require medical treatment, they also require a close look at how a worker completes his or her tasks on a daily basis and careful thought regarding how future overuse injuries can be avoided.

Red Flags Of A Shoulder Injury

In some cases, you may know that you have a shoulder injury the moment when it happens, such as with a dislocated shoulder. But in other cases, you may be less sure. Here are three warning signs that you should see a doctor about your shoulder health:

  • Stiffness. Do you wake up in the morning with a stiff shoulder? Can you move your shoulder to achieve a normal, full range of motion? Can you move your shoulders in a complete circular motion? If not, you may be suffering from any number of shoulder health conditions.
  • Instability. If your shoulder feels like it could pop out of its socket or slide out of place, you are suffering from feelings of instability – a sign that something in your shoulder is out of place. Another sign of instability and possible dislocation is feeling pain when lifting your arms.
  • Weakness. Do you have considerably more strength in one shoulder than in the other? Do you suddenly no longer have the strength in your shoulder that you normally do? While there are multiple causes for shoulder weakness, one explanation is that you are suffering from a shoulder condition that needs medical attention.
  • Pain. Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. Whether it is caused by a sprain, a strain, a broken bone, or a dislocation, you shouldn’t ignore shoulder pain, especially if it is chronic and preventing you from accomplishing your normal tasks.

Successfully Treating Shoulder Injuries And Getting Back To Work

The shoulder is a complex body part that involves a number of different types of anatomy, including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. All of these parts must be in healthy working order for patients to have full range of motion without pain. After diagnosing your shoulder condition or conditions, the team at Work Injury MD will engage in any numbers of treatments, including but not limited to:

  • Pain management. Patients should never have to endure the significant long-term pain that arises from shoulder injuries. We are committed to finding a safe and effective way to manage your pain that does not greatly impact the other aspects of your life.
  • Physical therapy. Rehabbing your shoulder or shoulders can take time, but just a handful of exercises overseen by a physical therapist can help you heal your injury, regain full range of motion, and prevent future injury. It can also, most importantly, reduce chronic pain.
  • Injections. Steroid injections can give patients the extra boost that they need to heal their shoulder injuries, especially issues involving the rotator cuff. This may be a good option if physical therapy is not fully solving the issue and if you are enduring ongoing pain, especially at night.
  • Surgery. Patients with serious injuries that do not improve with the above treatments may consult with their doctor about the option of a surgical procedure to help treat and heal their shoulder injury.

The right diagnosis and the right treatment can get you back to work and get you healthier faster. The right documentation and paperwork can help you get the workers’ compensation you deserve.

Getting Healthy With Work Injury MD

Whether you have suffered a one-time shoulder accident at work that requires short-term, straightforward medical treatment, or whether you are dealing with a chronic shoulder condition that causes you to limit your tasks and take pain medication, Work Injury MD is here to help. Serving the Dallas area, including Ennis, Denton, and Waco, we are committed to helping workers get back on their feet and back to their jobs, healthy and pain-free.

We offer a full range of medical services, including acute care, chronic pain management, and surgery. We also offer physical therapy and physiotherapy to help aid rehabilitation.

Talk to a doctor today. Call our team to schedule an appointment or fill out our quick contact form.