If you have an active job, you are no stranger to reaching your arms far above your head. Luckily, you have groups of muscles and ligaments in your shoulders that make this movement a breeze. Whether due to repetitive strain or an acute injury, you eventually may tear something in your shoulder.
Rotator cuff injuries, those that affect the ligaments and muscles in your shoulders, are alarmingly common in the U.S. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, between two and four million Americans suffer them every single year. How much does a surgical repair cost, though?
You are likely to spend thousands
According to New Choice Health, the average cost for arthroscopic surgery in the U.S. is more than $25,000. Still, you may be able to obtain the surgery for considerably less by going to a clinic that offers outpatient care. Depending on your injury and overall health, however, you may have little choice but to go to an inpatient facility.
You will have ongoing expenses
If you have a serious rotator cuff injury, you will be looking forward to your surgery. After all, you might be in pain and unable to move until doctors repair your injury. After your procedure, though, your doctor is apt to recommend physical therapy. This therapy can cost as much as $500 per session, and you may need several sessions to return to normal.
It can be daunting to deal with an expensive shoulder injury, especially when your injury makes it impossible to work and earn money. Ultimately, by seeking workers’ compensation benefits, you are sure to have the funds you need to recover without worrying about supporting yourself or your family.