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Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist*
AS AUTHORIZED BY THE PA SUPREME COURT

Rotator cuff syndrome is a problem in some careers

Workers in Pennsylvania need to be aware of rotator cuff syndrome. The rotator cuff is made up of several tendons and muscles. The rotator cuff helps keep the arm seated in the shoulder socket. When the rotator cuff is injured, it can have serious consequences for mobility. The development of rotator cuff syndrome is linked to repetitive motions. Without treatment, rotator cuff syndrome can lead to problems including tears.

Rotator cuff syndrome

There are several things that contribute to the development of rotator cuff syndrome. People whose work requires them to lift or keep their arms above the head are more at risk of developing this issue. For example, carpenters and plumbers can be affected. Athletes who throw often are also prone to developing rotator cuff syndrome.

Repetitive motion injuries can sometimes be prevented by training workers in proper technique. Providing rest breaks where people can relax can take some of the strain off their joints. Finally, many employers now lead workers in simple stretches before the start of a shift. This helps people warm up and get ready to work.

In addition to activity, age is a factor in the development of rotator cuff problems. Older workers are more likely to be affected. Combining age with a job that requires lots of lifting is a dangerous mix. For some people, their anatomy and other health conditions are also contributing factors to the development of RCS.

Rotator cuff syndrome is a complicated health issue. It involves both tendons and muscles. Treating it early with physical therapy can forestall more serious damage. Anyone who developed rotator cuff syndrome on the job should contact an experienced attorney. A good lawyer may be able to get medical bills and lost wages covered for their clients.