Many of us are familiar with the term repetitive strain injury. It is one of the leading causes of accident at work compensation claims. In fact, according to statistics published by the TUC, repetitive strain injuries account for more than 5.4 million sick days in the UK each year. Over 1.5 million repetitive strain injuries are reported every year and six people leave their job every day due to a repetitive strain injury. But did you know that repetitive strain injury is in fact an umbrella term for a number of conditions? In this article, we take a closer look at a particular type of repetitive strain injury known as bursitis.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is the inflammation of one or more bursae, which are small sacs of synovial fluid in the body. The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip. You can have also have bursitis in your knee, heel or in the base of your big toe.
- What are the symptoms of bursitis?
The single most common symptom of bursitis is pain in the above mentioned areas. The pain may build up over a period of time but can also be sudden and severe, especially in cases where calcium deposits are present. Bursitis can also lead to another condition known as ‘frozen shoulder.’
- How is bursitis treated?
Bursitis can be treated by resting the injured area, placing a cold compress on the affected area on the day of injury and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines.
Can I claim for compensation for Bursitis?
If you’ve developed bursitis, perhaps as the result of your work, you could be entitled to claim compensation provided it happened within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation including repetitive strain injury claims. All of our claims are made on a 100% no-win no-fee basis meaning you won’t be out of pocket in the unfortunate case that your claim for compensation is unsuccessful. Contact one of our highly trained advisers today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more information. You will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.