Epicondylitis can occur in people that work in a vast different number of professions as well as amateur and professional sportspeople.
Essentially, a person could be at risk of developing a form of epicondylitis if they undertake an activity that causes repetitive strain on the forearm extensors (this can lead to tennis elbow) or strain to the forearm flexors (this can lead to golfers elbow).
Epicondylitis can be caused rarely from some sort of trauma to the area such as a blunt force impact or car accident but usually repetitive motions are the cause of lateral and medial epicondylitis.
If you happen to have a job in one of the following workplaces or professions then you could be at risk of developing epicondylitis –
- Computer operators
- Construction workers
- Drivers (cabs, fork lift, etc.)
- DIY enthusiasts
- Factory assembly line workers
- Manual labourers
- Operators of heavy machinery
- Sportspeople (particularly racket sports, throwing sports, golf, fencing and weightlifting)
- Tyre fitters
Employers have a duty of care to their employees so your health and safety should be paramount. This is particularly the case if you are working in a role that is known to involve a great deal of repetitive or manual work. There are regulations stipulating the appropriate level of breaks for workers and the use of particular equipment that is aimed towards prevention of repetitive strain injuries such as epicondylitis.
If you have developed either medial epicondylitis or lateral epicondylitis and you believe that it has developed as a consequence of your job, then your employer may have failed in their duty to protect your health and safety and you may be in a position to make a claim for compensation.