Lateral epicondylitis, or “tennis elbow” is a musculoskeletal disorder that generally causes pain and discomfort to the lateral elbow. Many doctors and scientists alike have believed that tennis elbow was linked to certain types of movement (i.e. upper-arm twisting and repetitive use) that are often work-related, but because of limited data from previous studies the link had not yet been examined.
In the early 2000’s an initial study was published, followed by four more that proceeded in 2013 and 2014. The studies insured that all of the workers that were examined had been exposed to certain mechanical movements that would mainly affect their elbow and wrist. Almost 7,000 workers were involved in the five studies and out of that number, there were 256 documented cases of tennis elbow.
The results of the five studies appear to strongly advocate for how important it is to limit this type of repetitive, forceful movement of the wrist and/or hand should a person be employed within a field that may necessitate this type, or similar types, of biological mechanics. Some solutions could be the implication of new standards for types and ways in which to move.
If you feel as though you or any of your loved ones may be having an issue with “tennis elbow” or lateral epicondylitis and have any medical questions or concerns or if you may have a case for Workers’ Compensation, please consult directly with a healthcare professional.
The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Galfand Berger have successfully represented clients who have been injured on the job. If you or any of your loved ones have experienced such a situation, an attorney at Galfand Berger, LLP can help. With offices located in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.