Anyone can sustain an elbow injury at work. They are most common among workers who perform repetitive tasks such as work on assembly lines and in factories. Other workers who perform manual labor jobs can also be prone to injuries to the elbow. Elbow injuries are also common among weight-lifters and athletes.
Elbow injuries can be very painful, and workers may have to miss work hours as a result of an elbow injury. These injuries can be treated with physical therapy, medicine for pain management, or in worst-case scenarios surgery could be required.
Some injuries are more minor and could just require ice to reduce inflammation, along with some rest from the activity that likely caused the injury.
Workers who regularly perform repetitive work can make lifestyle changes to reduce the likelihood of injury to the elbow.
Some things that increase the chances of injuring your elbow are:
Additionally, if workers perform some warm up exercises of the elbow, this can reduce the possibility of injury.
Warm up exercises of the elbow such as keeping the arm straight, making a fist, and holding the fist at a ninety-degree angle with the other hand for approximately twenty seconds, can be a good stretch for the elbow before an activity that puts strain on it. This exercise can be repeated a few times for maximum effect.
Workers can also request ergonomically correct work spaces to reduce the possibility of injury. Workers with job-related elbow injuries may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation under state Workers’ Compensation laws.
If you or a friend has been injured as a result of workplace conditions or an on-the-job accident, contact the Philadelphia workplace injury lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP at 267-589-0090. You may also complete our online form to schedule a free initial consultation at our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offices. Contact us today to learn more about our services.