Shoulder tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons that connect muscles in the shoulders to nearby bones. It can cause intense pain, swelling, and stiffness, making it difficult to have full range of motion in the shoulder.
While it can be the result of a sports accident, shoulder tendonitis is also caused by work activities.
If you develop this condition, repeated use of the shoulder for job-related tasks will continue to cause pain. You'll most likely need to take time off work and receive medical treatment to recover from your injury.
How Work Causes Tendonitis in the Shoulder?
People who engage in manual labor aren't the only ones at risk of developing shoulder tendonitis. Those who have desk jobs can also experience it. It usually develops over a lengthy period of time, but a sudden accident can also cause it.
Here are some of the movements that lead to tendonitis:
- Overhead actions. Lifting an arm overhead on a regular basis puts pressure on the tendons. Painting, drywall installation, factory work, overhead machinery operations, and stocking shelves at warehouses all require raised arm movements. People in these industries have a higher risk of experiencing this injury.
- Repetitive motions. Repetitive movements associated with painting, assembly work, auto repair, heavy lifting, construction, and janitorial work can increase the likelihood that someone will be diagnosed with this painful disorder.
- Computer use. People may not associate using a computer as overexerting the tendons in their shoulders. However, the constant forward extension required when using a computer or reaching for objects on a desk or in drawers can cause irritation of the tendons. Poor posture, such as hunching, can also contribute.
- Accidents. Tendonitis can also be caused by blunt force to the shoulder in a work-related incident, such as impact from a car accident; or a slip and fall accident, where a person falls on his arm.
If your tendonitis is a job-related injury, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Florida. Our knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyers can explain how these benefits can pay for your necessary medical treatments and replace lost wages. Schedule your free consultation to learn more by calling our office or filling out the contact form on this page.