Tendons are bands of tissue which attach muscle to bone, and if they become inflamed, this can cause a condition known as tendonitis, which can be painful and debilitating. If you’ve suffered tendonitis at work, your employer could be held responsible for your injuries and you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim. Over the years, Accident Advice Helpline has helped hundreds of employees to claim compensation for tendonitis, and here are some of the most common causes of tendonitis at work we have come across.
What causes tendonitis?
Although often the result of sporting injuries, common causes of tendonitis at work include sitting for long periods, carrying out repetitive activities and having your workstation set up wrongly. For example, if you are typing for long periods of time or using a mouse and keyboard, you could be affected by repetitive strain injury, which can cause tendonitis. If your desk, computer and keyboard are at the wrong height, you may be slouched over or your wrists may be unsupported, which could increase your chances of developing tendonitis. Failing to take regular breaks from your computer can lead to tendonitis too, so it’s important that your employer allows you to take breaks.
Symptoms of tendonitis can include:
- Pain and stiffness, which is worse when moving the affected area
- Weakness in the affected area
- Swelling of the area affected by tendonitis
- A sensation of grating when you move
A simple examination by your GP can usually diagnose tendonitis, but you may need to undergo an X-ray. Your GP will normally recommend that you rest the affected area, which may mean taking time off work. This can affect your earnings, and it’s something we will take into consideration when looking at how much compensation you will receive.
Claiming compensation for tendonitis
Whatever your job, common causes of tendonitis at work could put you at risk of developing this painful condition, and if you’ve been affected, you’re entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 – it’s free to call open 24/7 – to find out if you’re eligible to make a 100% no win, no fee claim. Our expert advisors are here to offer confidential advice, and there is no obligation to proceed with a claim, so you can call us with your questions, to find out more about the claims process.
Date Published: May 13, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton