- Return to work without restrictions.
- Return to work with restrictions.
- No work status.
Injuries to shoulders and rotator cuffs as a result of a work accident or job hazards occur more often than most people realize. Though generally associated with heavy lifting or the physically demanding jobs, rotator cuff injuries can and do occur in office type jobs as well. If you injured your shoulder or rotator cuff while in the course and scope of your employment, the worker's compensation carrier generally follows a standard treatment protocol. Initially, you will be evaluated by a walk in clinic. The clinic will most likely perform an x-ray of your shoulder. If you have a rotator cuff injury, the x-ray will not reveal anything. Depending on your level of pain and residual functional capacity, meaning what range of motion you have in your shoulder and how much you can or cannot do with it, you will be assigned work restrictions. Your work restrictions will be one of 3 categories: