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How do you get tennis elbow without playing tennis?

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Tennis elbow is painful and discomfort due to stress on your tendons. For some, it can be so painful that they can barely move their arm. You may not be able to return to work or face limitations in daily life.

It is called tennis elbow because it often happens to athletes who have to swing a tennis racket in the exact same way thousands of times every match. One swing would not hurt the tendons, but this overexertion certainly can. Eventually, as the issue develops, swinging the tennis racket becomes impossible. The pain is just too great.

But playing tennis is certainly not required to get this injury. It can happen to anyone who is making the same repetitive motion over and over again. It’s also worth noting that the pain may not just be in the elbow. It can also spread down the forearm and even up into the wrist.

Working in a factory setting

For example, someone who works in a factory may have to do the same task endlessly. Perhaps they’re on an assembly line for a motor vehicle. Maybe they work in a warehouse where they have to send parts down a conveyor belt. Anything that you are doing that requires the exact same motion repeatedly can put more stress on your body than you would have guessed.

This can also make it a bit difficult when trying to seek workers’ comp benefits. You don’t necessarily have a singular event that happened or a specific date on which your injury occurred. That injury has built up over time, perhaps after years of working on the job. It’s still important for you to know about all of the legal options that you have.