Bursitis: A Common but Painful Occupational Injury
People complaining about their aches and pains after a day of work has almost become a cliché, but that is because feeling the strain of your work in your body is almost inevitable. If you have to be on your feet all day at work, you probably can’t wait to take off your shoes when you get home, and only then do you realize how swollen your feet are. Office work can also take a toll on your body, and standing desks, yoga balls in place of office chairs, and work-issued fitness trackers can only do so much to mitigate the wear and tear your back and shoulders sustain from doing full-time office work for many years. The law recognizes repetitive strain injuries, such as the carpal tunnel syndrome experienced by garment workers and typists and the plantar fasciitis experienced by retail workers who have to stand up all day at work as work injuries, and you are entitled to workers’ compensation if your doctor determines that your work was the cause of them. Contact a South Florida workers’ compensation attorney if you have been diagnosed with bursitis or another occupational illness caused by repetitive strain.
Different Types of Bursitis
Your body contains about 150 bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs between a bone and a tendon or ligament; most of them are near joints. Bursitis is when one or more bursae become inflamed, usually because of a repetitive strain injury or traumatic injury, also infections and autoimmune disorders can also cause bursitis. Symptoms of bursitis include pain (especially when moving the affected joint), redness, and muscle stiffness. These are some kinds of bursitis frequently documented as work injuries:
- Prepatellar bursitis – Bursitis of the front of the knee is commonly known as “housemaid’s knee,” because it often results from jobs that require kneeling and crouching, such as cleaning and stocking shelves.
- Olecranon bursitis – Bursitis of the elbow, also known as “student’s elbow” occurs frequently in people who work long hours at a desk job.
- Ischial bursitis – It is an inflammation of the bursa located between the gluteus maximus muscle and the ischial tuberosity (a projection at the back of the pelvis, sometimes called the “sit bone”). It is sometimes called “weaver’s bottom” because it results from sitting for long periods of time on hard surfaces such as a workbench.
Bursitis and Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you receive a diagnosis of bursitis and the doctor determines that your work caused the condition or made it worse, you should file a workers’ compensation claim. Bursitis is a known occupational injury in many types of jobs, and getting your workers’ compensation claim accepted should not be difficult. You should notify your employer immediately after receiving your diagnosis, and your next step should be to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer to make sure you are preparing the claim properly.
Let Us Help You Today
Just because chronic pain related to work happens to a lot of people does not mean that it is your only choice. Contact a Sunrise workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld to discuss your workers’ compensation case.