Can Tendonitis Be Considered A Work-Related Injury?

A widespread injury for those who have jobs that involve manual work or work that requires repetitive motions that can put stress on joints and other parts of the body is tendinitis. 

When you get tendinitis, you will feel pain and soreness in joints and other parts of your body. While these injuries can occur while on the job, they can also be the result of performing tasks that require repetitive motions at home. Whether or not tendonitis is considered a work-related injury, qualifying you for workers’ compensation will depend on if your doctor can prove the injury to have been caused by work-related activity.

If you believe that your tendinitis results from performing your job duties, you need to immediately report it to your supervisor or manager. You should then find a doctor in New York who specializes in workers’ compensation cases. The sooner your tendonitis injury is diagnosed, the sooner you can begin treatment to minimize symptoms and get on the path to recovery. You will also have to follow the procedures and New York laws regarding filing workers’ compensation cases to ensure you can prove the injury was work-related and get the benefits you are entitled to.

Types of Tendonitis

Several kinds of tendonitis can affect different joints and parts of your body; they include:

Bursitis of the Shoulder

Bursitis is a type of tendonitis that that impacts the shoulder and can cause pain from your shoulder all the way down to your elbow and forearm when you raise your arm above your head.

Tendinitis of the Achilles

In this case, overuse is generally the cause, stretching the Achilles tendon resulting in inflammation and tears because of weakened calf muscles. Jobs that require you to climb stairs and other activity that puts stress on your legs can lead to tendonitis of the Achilles.

 Tennis Elbow

Activity that involves repeated gripping and turning of your hands can cause tennis elbow. This tendonitis impacts the tendon located in the outer elbow, causing pain to radiate through the upper arm.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Rotator cuff Tendinitis is often caused when your job requires movements like pushing, pulling, reaching, or lifting your arms above your shoulder. It can cause pain at the top of your shoulder that extends to the upper arm.

Tendinitis Treatment

Tendinitis is the inflammation of tendons caused by repetitive stress. Treatment is generally conservative to start but can result in surgery if progress is not seen. Treatment can include the following:

  • Ice compresses
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Strength and physical therapy
  • Rest
  • Using support wraps and braces
  • Cortisone shots
  • Additional breaks from repetitive motion at work
  • Surgery

Since tendonitis is usually the result of repetitive stress, it may take time to recover. If you are not progressing and seeing relief, your doctor could recommend testing for nerve damage, resulting in the need for corrective surgery.

Park Avenue Trauma is a facility and group of physicians whose entire mission is the optimal diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of injuries, including tendonitis. We assist patients suffering from job-related injuries, i.e., New York State Workers’ Compensation, as well as those who have experienced other causes of injury, such as slip-and-fall injuries or car accidents (New York State No-Fault).

 

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