Depending on the type of job you have, you may be forced to do the same physical actions day in and day out. That kind of repetitive motion can wreak havoc on muscles and tendons, especially around the joints. For instance, baseball players frequently suffer rotator cuff injuries; construction workers tend to have knee problems; many sous chefs develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Unfortunately, as the world becomes increasingly powered by technology, jobs that require excessive computer use (writing, secretary work, programming) contribute to one of the most common workplace musculoskeletal disorders—tendonitis.
Tendonitis can be extremely painful as the tendons around the wrist, elbow, and shoulder become inflamed and compress nerve endings. What makes this disorder even worse is that the inflammation can and does increase the more you move the joint. In other words, your job may not only be the instigator of the disorder, but it may also be its trigger.
Since your work duties are the problem, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.
Tendonitis can take years to develop as repetitive actions begin to slowly irritate the tissues and muscles around the joint. Once the tendon becomes inflamed, however, symptoms will immediately present themselves in a painful manner—especially when you repeat the motion that caused the original irritation.
If you recognize discomfort around a joint while performing your work duties, you may be showing early signs of the disorder and should be wary of the following symptoms:
- Pain and tenderness. As the tendon becomes inflamed, it will begin to push on nerves and muscles causing a dull aching sensation. This ache may increase as you move the limb or bend the joint.
- Swelling. As the tendon swells, it will push tissue and muscle outward, causing the area around the joint to bulge. In some instance, the swelling is centralized around a specific point on the tendon, creating a significant lump.
- Stiffness. The inflamed tendon puts pressure on surrounding nerves, causing stiffness, numbing, and overall weakness in the limb and joint, making it difficult to use. When you attempt to use your muscles and move your joint, the increased pressure on the tendon and surrounding nerves can cause extreme pain.
- Grating or crackling. Much like an overused or stiff muscle, when you move or massage the joint where the tendonitis is occurring, you may feel a sensation that the tendon is crackling or splintering. This is because you’re essentially snapping taught fibers within the tendon itself as you move.
If you believe that your work duties may be causing tendonitis, see a doctor as soon as possible. Once the disorder is confirmed, contact us to learn more about your options for workers’ compensation and medical aid. We’ve been helping people like you secure their rightful benefits for over 20 years, and over those years, we’ve learned how to support and fight for our clients. Come see for yourself how our experience can help you by securing your free consultation today.