Golfer’s elbow, like tennis elbow, is a type of tendinitis, an inflammation of tendons meeting at your elbow. In the case of golfer’s elbow (or epicondylitis), it is typically the tendon on the elbow’s inner part that is inflamed and causing pain.
Epicondylitis usually results from overuse of the forearm muscles. These enable you to rotate your arm, flex your wrist and grip. Playing golf excessively is without doubt one possible cause of this condition. Some other causes are not related to golf in any way.
In many cases, repetitive strain injuries like tennis or golfer’s elbow are caused by excessive repetitive movements (like painting, raking or using a screwdriver or hammer repetitively for prolonged periods, for example) or manual handling accidents at work.
Preventing repetitive strain
Golfer’s and tennis elbow can and should be prevented by employers. Measures your employer could take to protect you against the risk of developing a repetitive strain injury like this may, for instance, include:
- Finding other ways of completing a job
- Scheduling regular breaks
- Rotating repetitive tasks with other, less repetitive jobs
Occasionally, a repetitive strain injury is caused by vibrating machinery. Here, too, injuries can be prevented by minimising exposure to excessive vibration either by any one or a combination of the measures as described above or by finding ways to minimise the vibration caused by machinery in the first place.
Some workers may be exposed to excessive vibration. Others are forced for some reason to continue working under the risk of developing a repetitive strain condition. You should be warned of the potential risks. Employees should be monitored for signs of industrial illness by regular medical examinations.
Suffering from golfer’s elbow
If you developed a long-term work-related illness like golfer’s or tennis elbow because your employer failed to protect you, there is a good chance that you may be entitled to work injury compensation. Claims of this kind must be initiated within three years of your condition being diagnosed. It is imperative to get your claim process started as quickly as possible.
Accident Advice Helpline’s work injury experts can assist you in bringing your claim to a swift conclusion. To learn more and secure the help of one of our in-house work injury claim experts, call us from any UK landline or mobile on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 respectively now. All calls are confidential and obligation-free and claims are handled under conditional fee agreements (no-win, no-fee).
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice