Serious Shoulder and Neck Injuries
Orthopaedic injuries occur to bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves — affecting your ability to move, work and be active.
Serious orthopaedic injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including slip-and-fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents and repetitive stress injuries.
At Strype Injury Law, our Toronto-based orthopaedic injury lawyers understand that trauma to the musculoskeletal system can create permanent problems for injury victims. In order to maximize rehabilitation and compensation, we make sure our clients have timely and appropriate access to diagnosis and medical treatment, as well as the funds necessary to support these specialized procedures.
In many cases, insurers fail to assist injury victims as they seek a proper rehabilitation and treatment regime, which results in prolonged injury. We understand that these injuries can be subtle, and we can explain to your insurer how your injury is affecting your ability to function now and potentially in the future.
Timing Is Critical
After a serious orthopaedic injury, such as a torn rotator cuff or a neck injury, the human body requires timely diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in order to prevent further degeneration and complications from arthritis. If an injury victim does not receive the correct treatment, rehabilitation or medication in a timely fashion, these injuries can have life-long consequences such as impaired mobility and chronic pain. In many cases, insurers fail to assist injury victims as they seek a proper rehabilitation and treatment regime, which results in prolonged injury.
Some examples of orthopaedic injuries we deal with at Strype Injury Law include:
- Shoulder Injuries: Rotator Cuff and Tendonitis.
- Arm Injuries: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tennis Elbow, Colles Fracture.
- Spine Injuries: Spinal Fusion, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolysis.
- Knee Ligament Injuries: ACL Injuries, PCL Injuries, Collateral Ligaments.
- Rotator Cuff
Many people in industrial and physical jobs use their same muscles over and over again which develops significant wear-and-tear which can become a permanent injury.
Often misdiagnosed, misunderstood and mistreated, tendonitis occurs as the result of excessive rubbing or squeezing of the rotator cuff and shoulder blade. Some of the symptoms of tendonitis are loss of motion, increased pain, loss of range of motion, especially the ability to lift the arm overhead are sometimes signs of serious chronic tendonitis.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
People who suffer carpal tunnel syndrome often feel a numbness or tingling in the hand or experience clumsiness in handling objects and sometimes feel a pain that goes up the arm to as high as the shoulder. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often caused by repetitive and forceful grasping with hands, repetitive bending of the wrist, a broken or dislocated bone in the wrist which produces swelling, arthritis and, in some cases, trauma.
- Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is a painful condition on and around the bony prominence (epicondyle) on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow. This type of injury typically results from repetitive arm movement. Overusing the muscles in the arm can lead to tiny tears in the tendons that attach the muscles in the forearms to the epicondylus.
- Colles Fracture
When someone begins to fall, they almost always extend their hand to reduce the force of hitting the ground. When they fall on the outstretched arm, the sudden impact of their body weight on the hand may cause the end of the lower arm bone (radius) to fracture just above the wrist. This is known as a colles fracture.
- Spinal Fusion
Spinal fusion is often seen in ankle and back injuries where repetitive motion creates debilitating pain. Therapy includes rest and re-training to utilize these areas without the range of motion.
- Spinal Stenosis
In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal, which contains and protects the spinal chord and nerve roots, narrows and pinches the spinal chord and nerves. People that have suffered trauma often find numbness, tingling and pain, which does not go away.
A stress fracture in one of the bones (vertebrae) that make up the spinal column leads to a condition called spondylolysis. In adults, spondyloloysis is usually caused by degenerative disc disease and often affects women over forty years of age. Persons doing repetitive motion jobs may find they develop degenerative changes in their joints. In serious degenerative changes in the vertebral joints, cerebral palsy may occur.
Knee Ligament Injuries:
The knee is the largest joint in the body and is vital to movement. Two sets of ligaments in the knee give it stability: the cruciate and the collateral ligaments. The cruciate ligaments are located inside the knee joint and connect the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone (tibia). They are made of many strands and function like short ropes that hold the knee joint tightly in place when the leg is bent or straight. The cruciate ligament, located toward the front of the knee is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the one located toward the rear of the knee is called the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL prevents the shin bone from sliding forward and can be injured through changing direction rapidly, landing from a jump or falling, and direct contact.
When someone injures their ACL, they may hear a popping noise and feel the knee giving out from under.
- Treating ACL Injuries
Treatment of an ACL injury may be non-operative and would involve a treatment program of muscle strengthening, often with the use of a brace to provide stability.
- Treating PCL Injuries
Patients with PCL tears often do not have symptoms of instability in their knees, so surgery is not always needed.
- Collateral Ligaments
Injuries to the MCL are usually caused by contact on the outside of the knee and are accompanied by a sharp pain on the inside of the knee. Most rehabilitation plans include passive range of motion exercises designed to restore flexibility, braces to control joint movement and exercises to strengthen the quadricep muscles.
At Strype Injury Law, we often deal with orthopaedic injuries which can be very difficult to diagnose if the proper treatment and service providers are not utilized quickly. We have an extensive network of rehabilitation and orthopaedic specialists which assist us in ensuring that the maximum functional levels a person can achieve after these types of injuries are achieved. These injuries can be subtle. Therefore, experienced counsel is required in order to explain how these types of injuries affect a person’s functional ability, and how arthritic changes can decrease function.
New Medical Procedures
A number of new, but invasive, procedures are available to diagnose neck injuries more quickly than through the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These new procedures have a 95 percent accuracy rate, which is critical in properly diagnosing injuries in order to prescribe the correct rehabilitation or treatment regimen. If you are having difficulty obtaining a proper diagnosis, we will work with our medical contacts to make sure you have access to all available diagnosis and treatment.
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