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Rotator Cuff Injuries: A Common Concern Among Construction Workers


If not treated, these injuries can worsen over time and potentially lead

to long-term disability.

PHOENIX (March 25, 2024) – As more commercial and industrial construction projects come to Arizona, the prevalence of rotator cuff injuries among workers in this field has become a growing concern. Rotator cuff injuries, which involve damage or inflammation to the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint and can be particularly debilitating for those working in physically demanding jobs.

Workers in the construction, landscaping, and related fields are at a higher risk for developing rotator cuff injuries due to the repetitive and strenuous nature of their work. Tasks such as heavy lifting, overhead work, and repetitive motions can put a significant strain on the rotator cuff muscles leading to pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder.

The majority of rotator cuff tears begin as tendinitis or inflammation in the tissue that connects the shoulder muscles to the shoulder joint. If not treated, this tissue can split over time, resulting in a partially or fully torn rotator cuff.

Dr. Rafael A. Buerba Siller, Orthopedic surgeon at Banner – University Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic, explains, "rotator cuff injuries are not only painful but can also have a significant impact on a worker's ability to perform their job effectively. Left untreated, these injuries can worsen over time and potentially lead to long-term disability."

To help prevent rotator cuff injuries in the workplace, Dr. Buerba Siller recommends implementing proper lifting techniques, using ergonomic tools and equipment, taking regular breaks to rest and stretch, and seeking medical attention at the first sign of shoulder pain or discomfort.

For more information on rotator cuff injuries and to schedule an appointment, visit Banner Sports Medicine.

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