Stars crash out of Wimbledon due to injury – but your Tennis Elbow could be caused by work, not sport
So many of the top players have crashed out of Wimbledon this year due to injury. The pounding their bodies come under as a result of an almost year-round global tennis season, is undeniable. But what about we mere mortals? Whether tennis players or not, it’s more likely our Tennis Elbow is caused by our workplace rather than on court.
Tennis Elbow is a classic example of a Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI. The injury is controversial in that no two cases are the same and the symptoms can vary, involving inflammation, irritation of the tendons and the muscles. The problem lies in the tendon, which connects to the bone on the outside of the elbow. Pain can sometimes also be felt in the muscle on the outer side of the forearm.
The term was originally used in the 1880’s when tennis was more likely the cause of the injury but these days heavy computer users outnumber serious tennis players at least a thousand to one, with fewer than 5% of cases related to tennis. In this day and age it would make more sense to call the injury “computer elbow.”
The condition is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 40 to 60 and is caused by overuse of activities that involve repetitive extension of the wrist and hand. People who grip and twist in a repetitive manner, such as carpenters and plasterers, as well as people who use a computer mouse – are more likely to get it.
Pain levels can vary hugely, from a mild discomfort to a severe ache that can prevent the sufferer from sleeping. Continuing to repeat movements of the wrist will only exacerbate symptoms, especially if combined with lifting.
Legally, if you are suffering with RSI as a result of your work you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you believe that your repetitive strain injury is work related, you should document your symptoms straightaway and visit a GP. They will be able to diagnose your condition and provide you with the medical treatment you require. Their medical records can also help to strengthen your repetitive strain injury claim as they often confirm the relationship between your work and your condition.
CONTACT US AND FURTHER INFORMATION
If you would like to find out more about our claims process and how we can help you to get the Repetitive strain injury compensation you deserve, contact us on 0808 115 3248 for a free initial consultation where we will explain the options available to you.
If you would like further information on the condition and how we can help please use the following link for our Repetitive Strain Injury FAQ’s page.
REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY COMPENSATION AMOUNTS
- Recovery in first few weeks £1,000 to £2,500
- Severe Cases Up to £16,500
*All figures are based on the maximum JC guidelines*
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