De Quervains Tenosynovitis Compensation Claims

De Quervains tenosynovitis refers to swelling and inflammation of the synovial sheath that covers the two tendons that control movement of the thumb. It is also referred to as ‘De Quervains Syndrome’.

Pain is usually experienced over the wrist at the base of the thumb and will be accompanied by swelling and restricted movement when grasping or pinching. There may also be a ‘sticking’ or ‘stop-and-go’ sensation in the thumb when trying to move it. Pinching, grasping and other movements of the thumb and wrist will also aggravate the pain.

Initial treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis includes a combination of rest, splinting, ice, and anti inflammatory medication. Where symptoms persist, a Cortisone injection may be necessary after which normal activities can often be resumed within a number of weeks. Surgery to release the tendon sheath is required on some occasions where Cortisone injections fail to bring about relief.

Work involving rapid repetitive and forceful pinching, grasping, pulling or pushing has been associated with the possible development of De Quervains tenosynovitis. In addition intensive use of a mouse and keyboard is also thought to increase the risk of developing this condition.

All employers have an obligation to undertake risk assessments to reduce the possibility of work related upper limb disorders including De Quervains tenosynovitis. This will include the provision of appropriately designed work stations and a system of work which ensures regular breaks or rotation of tasks. On many occasions specialist ergonomic advice should be obtained to identify the steps which should be taken to minimise the risk of personal injury.

In the event that you undertake rapid and repetitive tasks and you have been diagnosed with De Quervains tenosynovitis or any other work related upper limb disorder, it may be possible to recover personal injury compensation.

At Sintons our specialist personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in pursuing compensation claims arising from work related upper limb disorders including De Quervains tenosynovitis.

All personal injury claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.

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