Professions Susceptible to Tenosynovitis

Tenosynovitis is a condition that can be caused or exacerbated by repetitive motions of the fingers, hands, wrists or arms; indeed it is a condition that affects the sheath surrounding tendons so tenosynovitis can occur anywhere in the body – usually in areas which are subject to repeated, regular movements.

It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that the workplace is safe for workers and that any chance of injury is reduced as much as is reasonably possible, but due to the type of work involved there are some workplaces that inherently hold more risk of their workers developing tenosynovitis.

Jobs where tenosynovitis is a potential risk

  • Carpenters
  • Computer operators
  • Construction workers
  • Operators of heavy machinery or vibrating equipment
  • Roofers
  • Sportspeople
  • Typists
  • Writers
  • Or any profession that requires the regular repetitive movement of the arms, wrists, hands or fingers

It is important that if you fall into one of the at risk professions noted above that you have a clear policy at work that aims to reduce the risk of you developing tenosynovitis or any form of repetitive strain injury (RSI). If you begin to suffer any of the symptoms of tenosynovitis then you should visit your doctor and inform your employer of the injury. Depending on the severity of your tenosynovitis and whether it is or has affected your ability to work, you may wish to contact a personal injury solicitor to discuss whether you would be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.