Tendon injuries can happen suddenly or gradually and can have a lasting impact on your health. At Reinhardt Harper Davis PLC in Richmond, VA, we deliver excellent results in cases involving construction accidents and tendon injuries. We work diligently on behalf of victims in construction accidents to secure rightful compensation to cover their expenses.
An Overview of Tendon Injuries
Tendons are cords of strong connective tissue attaching a muscle to a bone. They help bones and muscles work together to make movement possible. Tendon injuries often happen suddenly as a result of quick movements or gradually due to repetitive motions. Tendon injuries in the heels and elbows are common.
Types of Tendon Injuries
Tendonitis, or the inflammation of the tendon, is a frequent type of tendon injury. Other types of injury include tendinopathy (the gradual deterioration of the tendon), ruptures (abrupt tears), and tenosynovitis (inflammation of the protective sheath surrounding the tendon). Tendon injuries tend to result from sharp movements and repeated motions.
Symptoms of Tendon Injuries
Tendon injuries do not happen exclusively in one part of the body. The shoulders, wrists, elbows, knees, fingers, and the back of the heel are areas often subject to injury. Common symptoms of tendon injuries include:
- Worsening pain when you move an affected area
- Weakness or the inability to move a joint
- Stiffness, particularly in the morning
- Swelling and redness
- A grating sensation when moving an affected area
- Warmth or heat around the tendon or joint
The Seriousness of Tendon Injuries
Your ability to move and your range of motion can be greatly altered by a tendon injury. You could experience pain, limitations in movement, and an inability to partake in routine activities. Even a relatively minor tendon injury, when left untreated, can cause serious long-term health concerns. Stay alert, especially if you work in construction, for stiffness, lumps, swelling, and all other symptoms of tendon injuries.
Tendon Injuries on the Job
Often, tendon injuries happen abruptly. Quick movement or hyperextension can result in a tear, and major falls can severely damage body tissue. Tendon injuries can also happen gradually as a result of stress on the tendon. If your job responsibilities require repetitive motions that place major stress on the joints, you could end up suffering long-term damage to your tendons.
Medical Treatment for Tendon Injuries
Very often, medications and rest are used to treat tendon injuries, as they relieve pain and allow the tendon the necessary time to heal. For more severe injuries, physical therapy may be part of treatment. Splints and braces, which relieve stress off of the injured tendon, may also be necessary.
Understand Your Legal Options
Whether you suffered a sudden or gradual tendon injury on the job, you may be able to receive compensation for your costs. At Reinhardt Harper Davis PLC, we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not pay unless we are able to recover compensation for you. To learn more about your legal options and to find out how we can help, contact us online or call (800) 884-9507 today.