Tendinitis, or tendonitis, is a condition which arises when tendons, the thick cords joining muscles and bones, become inflamed or irritated.
While any tendon in the body could potentially be affected by this condition, it is most likely to affect tendons in the elbow, heel, shoulder or wrist. Common names for varying forms of tendinitis include tennis or golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, swimmer’s shoulder or pitcher’s shoulder.
Tendinitis is a repetitive strain injury that causes acute tenderness and dull, aching pain. The pain typically increases if the affected area is moved or touched. There may also be some tightness and/or swelling, which may make movement difficult.
Repetitive movement leading to overuse of the tendons necessary to make the movement is the most common cause of tendinitis.
The risk of developing tendinitis is increased by incorrect performance of the motion. Workers in occupations requiring awkward positions, overhead lifting, high physical exertion or repetitive movements over prolonged period are at particular risk of developing this repetitive stress injury.
This risk is further heightened if unsuitable or defective equipment are used. Athletes involved in certain sports, such as basketball, bowling, golf or tennis, are also at a high risk of developing this condition.
Certain diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, for example, can also be responsible for causing tendinitis, as can the simple process of ageing.
Sporting injuries or injuries sustained during accidents at work, at home, or on the road have also been known to cause tendinitis development.
The condition can be prevented by avoiding repetitive movements as much as possible. Comprehensive training and implementation of safe working procedures, as well as provision of suitable, well maintained equipment also help to reduce the risk of injury at work and sport-related accidents.
When tendinitis is the result of a work accident or prolonged repetitive movements at work, the affected individual may be able to claim work injury compensation.
For an individual to be entitled to industrial injury compensation, the injury or occupational illness must have been sustained or diagnosed within the last three years. You must also not be liable for cause of your work-related illness or injury.
More information on claim related matters can be obtained via our website, or by calling Accident Advice Helpline’s Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, and speaking with one of our dedicated advisers.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice