Rotator Cuff Tears Can Be Caused By Auto Accidents

Gastonia, NC car accident lawyer

Our Gastonia, NC car accident lawyer will tell you that rotator cuff tears can indeed be caused by auto accidents. The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint and help stabilize and move the shoulder. When a sudden force or impact occurs during an auto accident, it can put significant stress on the shoulder joint, potentially leading to a rotator cuff tear.

During a collision, the body may experience rapid acceleration or deceleration, causing the shoulder to be forcefully jerked or twisted. This sudden movement can overload the rotator cuff tendons, leading to partial or complete tears. Additionally, the impact itself, such as hitting the steering wheel or being forcefully restrained by a seatbelt, can directly damage the rotator cuff structures.

Some important information about rotator cuff tears can be found on the National Library of Medicine/NIH:   

Common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:

Shoulder Pain

Often felt on the front or side of the shoulder, which may radiate down the arm.


Difficulty lifting or rotating the arm.

Limited Range of Motion

Reduced ability to move the shoulder in various directions.

Shoulder Stiffness

Difficulty performing everyday activities that involve the shoulder joint.

A healthcare professional, such as an orthopedic specialist, a sports medicine physician or a chiropractor can evaluate your condition through physical examination, imaging tests (e.g., MRI), and medical history review. Treatment options may include rest, therapy, pain medication, corticosteroid injections, or in more severe cases, surgery.

If you’re experiencing symptoms or have been in an accident, it’s essential to consult a qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical advice. It is important to seek medical attention promptly after an auto accident to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of any injuries.  Medical attention should be with a qualified medical provider that knows how to care for you and who knows about insurance claims.  Not all doctors want to get involved with insurance claims; and for those who do not, they can seriously damage your bodily injury claim.  We will help you find the right doctor for the type of injury you have sustained.  Picking a doctor at random is a sure recipe for insurance claim issues.  

Early detection and treatment intervention of an injury is critical to assure the best healing outcome.  The medical/scientific literature is full of research on why this is so, but you must evaluate, treat and get proper legal representation.  As a doctor who represents injured people, I know injuries.  I treated thousands of accident injuries, and now I represent them in the legal arena.  I fight for you and never for insurance companies.  Call us if you need our help.  Our staff at Ted A. Greve & Associates, PA is highly trained to help you every step of the way.  The call to and consultation with my office are free.  Call 1-800-333-4333 24 hours a day so that we can help start you on the way to health, and insurance claim, recovery.