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A torn rotator cuff can cause significant pain and discomfort

Workers in Arizona whose jobs require frequent lifting of heavy objects can suffer shoulder and back injuries with long-term consequences. One of the most painful of these injuries is a torn rotator cuff. The shoulder is a highly complex joint, and few people stop to think about the wide range of movements this joint allows until they suffer such an injury.

Rotator cuff tears can be partial, complete or acute, all of which cause significant pain and discomfort. In some cases, it is a degenerative injury that develops over time with the gradual wear of the shoulder tendons. This type of tear typically affects the dominant arm of a worker after years of repetitive stress on the shoulder joint.

The problem sometimes becomes evident with a popping or cracking sensation while moving the arm in certain positions. The lateral aspect of the arm, also known as the policeman's patch area, can become painful, and there can be discomfort when the arm is lowered, lifted or rotated. Many victims experience pain while they sleep, especially those who sleep on the affected shoulder.

Leaving a torn rotator cuff untreated can adversely affect the victim's ability to continue working. The sooner a worker receives medical treatment for this type of injury, the better the chances of full recovery. Some workers hesitate because of the financial impact treatment could have, but financial assistance is available. The Arizona workers' compensation insurance system typically covers the medical expenses and lost wages of injured workers, and an experienced attorney can assist with the benefits claims process.

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