Many people have encountered the term repetitive strain injury in the course of their work. Repetitive strain injury is caused by placing an excessive load on the same muscle groups for an extended period of time.
Did you know that repetitive strain injury is an umbrella term for a number of accidents at work, and can be subdivided into a number of different categories? In this article, we’ll be having a look at tenosynovitis.
What is tenosynovitis?
Tenosynovitis refers to the swelling of the tendons, fibrous strands which connect muscles to the bones in order to operate the joints of the body and an inflammation of the protective sheath that covers these tendons.
Areas which are most likely to be affected by tenosynovitis are the hands, wrist and arms, although it is technically possible for it to occur at any tendon site.
The symptoms of tenosynovitis are an aching, tenderness or swelling of the affected area. There may also be a stiffness of the joint, making it hard to grip objects. A shooting pain in the arm or a localised swelling at the base of the thumb may indicate tenosynovitis.
The symptoms may last for many weeks or months but can be helped with treatment.
The most common cause of tenosynovitis is a repetitive physical activity. It may also occur as the result of rheumatism or arthritis.
Tenosynovitis is an oft-cited work-related injury for those who work with a keyboard or computer mouse and especially those who work in a routine assembly line at work.
Tenosynovitis can effectively be treated by tablets to help with the inflammation and a splint may also help, but ultimately Tenosynovitis will not disappear unless changes are made to make your work station more ergonomic.
If you’ve suffered a repetitive strain injury at work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
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