What is Tennis Elbow? (Golfer’s Elbow)
Tennis Elbow is a common term for a condition caused by overuse of arm and forearm muscles that result in elbow pain. Playing Tennis isn’t the only way of developing Tennis elbow, it derives from many other activities and most and commonly in the work force.
Tennis elbow is caused by either sudden or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area of the synovial hinge joint (elbow).
What Are The Symptoms of Tennis Elbow?
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow include:
- Soreness slowly increasing around the exterior part of the elbow. Less often, pain may develop suddenly.
- Pain may worsen when shaking hands or squeezing objects.
- Pain is made worse by stabilising or moving the wrist with force. Examples include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple tools such as a fork, kitchen knife, glass and telephone.
Who is Affected by Tennis Elbow?
About 5 in 1,000 adults develop tennis elbow each year. Tennis elbow can predominantly affect people between the ages of 35 and 55. Women and men are affected equally.
Tennis elbow most commonly affects people in their dominant arm (that is, a right-handed person would experience pain in the right arm), but it can also occur in the non -dominant arm or both arms.
People whose work involves repeated twisting and gripping actions, such as carpenters and plasterers, are prone to getting tennis elbow.
It can also affect people with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive arm movements or gripping such as:
- Road workers
- Chefs and waiters
- Machine operators
How is Tennis Elbow Diagnosed?
Tennis elbow cannot be diagnosed from blood tests and rarely by X-rays. Rather it is usually diagnosed by describing specific pain to your doctor and physical tests your GP may conduct.
Your doctor may ask you to bend your arm, wrist and elbow to see where it hurts.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure that employees are refrained from any risks through preventing them from developing any injury. This diagram demonstrates how an employee should be sat and risk assessments at every work place should be enforced to ensure such effectiveness.
How do I Claim For Tennis Elbow?
If you decide to make a claim for compensation, Roberts Jackson solicitors can expertly handle the case on your behalf. With years of experience running tennis elbow claims and a rich understanding of health and safety regulations, our solicitors will be committed to successfully proving your employer is to blame. Meanwhile, we will also work hard to ensure that you are awarded the right amount of compensation for your injury and any inconvenience it has caused. From gathering evidence and speaking to witnesses to negotiating settlements with the liable party, our solicitors will look after every stage of the claims process so that you can continue to rest, recover and live life normally. Of course, we can also tailor our approach to your requirements and offer specialist legal representation when needed.
Contact us & 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.