It is not unusual for adults to experience pain and be disabled by a rotator cuff tear. An annual number of nearly 2 million people in Pennsylvania and the rest of the nation will go see their physician because of issues related to their rotator cuff.

A tear in the rotator cuff will cause weakness in the shoulder. It can make many activities, such as putting on clothes or combing hair, very difficult and painful to complete.

The shoulder consists of three bones, including the humerus, scapula and clavicle, and it forms a ball-and-socket joint. The rotator cuff, which is made up of four muscles that create tendons to cover the head of the humerus, keeps the arm in the shoulder socket. It connects the humerus to the shoulder blade and assists with lifting and rotating the arm.

The bursa, which is a lubricating sac located between the bone on top of the shoulder and the rotator cuff, gives the rotator cuff the necessary lubrication to slide freely when the arm is moved. Individuals who injure or damage their rotator cuff tendons in some manner are likely to also experience a painful and inflamed bursa.

The rotator cuff tendons will stop being fully attached to the head of the humerus if one or more of the tendons are torn. In the majority of rotator cuff tear cases, the tendon has been stripped away from the bone. Also, the majority of tears tend to occur in the supraspinatus tendon.

A workers’ compensation attorney may assist workers who have sustained rotator cuff tears or other injuries on the job. The attorney may guide clients through the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits and advocate on their behalf in cases in which the benefits are denied or insufficient settlements are awarded.