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More about epicondylitis and tennis elbow claims
Epicondylitis is caused by an inflammation of the epicondyle - the area immediately around the elbow joint. Lateral epicondylitis (‘tennis elbow’) is the most common form of the condition, affecting the outer part of the elbow. Medial epicondylitis, (golfer’s elbow) affects the inner part of the elbow.
Office workers, labourers, painters and decorators, truck drivers and fork lift operators are particularly susceptible as their work routinely involves the kind of repetitive movements that put strain on the joints. Butchers and automobile assembly line workers seem especially at risk of contracting both lateral and medial epicondylitis.
Whatever the occupation of the victim, epicondylitis can have chronic and lasting effects, making even small everyday tasks like writing, picking up smaller objects and opening a door extremely painful.
Your employer has a legal duty to protect your health and safety, especially if you are involved in any form of repetitive manual work. If overuse of the elbow was foreseeable and preventable, your employer is obliged to take steps to prevent or mitigate the possible risks involved.