Q: What kinds of treatments are given for Carlisle workers’ compensation shoulder injuries?
You put lots of strain on your shoulders everyday at the job you’ve held for several years. Over time, it has become quite painful and has limited the amount of activity in which you can engage. The doctor gave you a diagnosis, but now you’re wondering if the issue is fixable. Here, a workers’ compensation attorney discusses some of the different treatments used to resolve shoulder injuries.
Most shoulder injuries are often initially treated with the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest your shoulder and avoid using it for at least 48 hours. Apply an ice pack for a few minutes, several times a day, and apply even pressure to the shoulder with a bandage or brace. Lastly, keep the shoulder elevated.
Some shoulder injuries are able to be resolved with the help of physical therapy. Certain exercises and treatments may help to mend the area and encourage it to heal. Physical therapy is also often prescribed after surgeries to help strengthen the muscles around the shoulder.
Some injuries require surgery in order to completely heal. For instance, rotator cuff injuries and torn labrums typically need the assistance of a surgeon before they can begin to get better. If not, the injury may worsen, never heal properly, and cause pain and additional problems down the road.
If you hurt your shoulder on the job, you’ll likely receive costly medical bills associated with diagnosing and treating the problem. If you don’t think you should be held responsible for them—you’re right.
The attorneys of Schmidt Kramer want to help you get the compensation that you may be entitled to. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about your situation.
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