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What should I know about tendinitis?

Tendinitis is a common injury in New Jersey workplaces that involve repetitive motion. When the same movement is repeated over and over again, it doesn't even matter if it's a soft or hard motion. It can cause a repetitive use injury.

Interestingly, 50 percent of all athletic-caused injuries happen as a result of repetitive motion injuries. Actions like tossing a basketball, jogging, cleaning a floor, typing, sanding, painting, cleaning -- you name it -- can all lead to repetitive use conditions.

Perhaps the most common of these conditions is tendinitis. Tendinitis can take a long time to heal, and it may require long periods of rest to let the affected area get better. Imagine you spent the last 10 years painting houses. You have spent many of those years sanding, painting, mixing paint and doing any number of repetitive tasks. Now, you've developed tendinitis to the degree that you can't do your job anymore. You need to take several months off to heal.

At this stage, the more you know about tendinitis, the better. Here are a few facts that everyone should know about this disorder:

-- Tendinitis involves the tendon getting inflamed.

-- The most commonly affected areas include the biceps, the elbow and the shoulder.

-- Males may have a higher likelihood of contracting tendinitis.

-- Inflammation starts at the point where the tendon inserts into the bone.

-- Every tendon has a lubricating sheath through which it passes. These sheaths can also become inflamed and result in a tendinitis issue.

If you contracted tendinitis as a result of your job, you can seek workers' compensation benefits. A New Jersey workers' compensation lawyer can assist you in filing such a claim, and your attorney will represent you at any moment necessary to pursue the highest amount of financial benefits you can receive.

Source: WebMD, "Repetitive motion injuries," accessed June 23, 2017

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