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How to navigate a rotator cuff injury following a work accident

On Behalf of | Sep 19, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common injuries employees face. Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that play a role in arm movement and stability. Injuries in this area can limit your ability to perform daily and job-related tasks.

If the injury occurred at work, you may want to explore your options through workers’ compensation.

Seek immediate medical attention

Each year, about 2 million people seek medical attention for rotator cuff injuries. Before you can receive workers’ compensation, you must undergo a professional evaluation. Not only will the evaluation rule out more extensive injuries, but it will also provide you with adequate documentation to file your claim.

Rest the affected shoulder

Most professionals will suggest that you have a period of rest and immobilization. You may have a sling to limit movement or reduce strain on your rotator cuff. In addition to immobilization, the doctor may assign you a physical therapist. The physical therapist will create a plan dedicated to strengthening your rotator cuff.


Throughout your recovery process, you will have limitations. Those who receive rotator cuff surgery may have to wait as long as six months before they resume heavy lifting. Your employer should make accommodations to your duties and provide any reasonable accessibility options. For example, office workers may require an ergonomic chair and desk.

Recovery from a rotator cuff injury may require ongoing rehabilitation long after the symptoms begin to improve. You should maintain communication with your employer about your condition and your needs.