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    As a therapist specialising in hand and upperlimb injuries (I treat a huge amount of people with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), if your doctor thinks it's work related - it's well worth making it a workers comp claim. Only your doctor can make the call on whether it's work related.

    The treatments can vary, but CSI (cortisone injections) can sometimes alleviate symptoms shot term, but do not always change the long term outcome.

    If you lodge a workers comp claim more investigation is usually undergone (ultrasound or MRI) to work out the extent of the injury. Treatment with an Occupational Therapist or a Physiotherapist may include splinting to decrease inflammation prior to an exercise program or an exercise program.

    I won't go into what I particularly do here (it is a public forum), but I'm happy for you to pm me for more details.

    You can still get all treatment required if you do it privately, however, if you go under worker's comp, your DH is more likely to have someone coordinate treatment and investigations which is more likely to get an outcome quicker. (This can be very dependent upon the insurer claims officer's experience, or the GP's experience, or the physio/OT's exerperience, whether they employ a vocational rehab counsellor, organise a return to work plan, understand which investigations will give more information, perform a worksite assessment etc.)

    As I said - happy for you to pm me - but a lot of this stuff is individual to the case and a better answer can occur with more information

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    Just adding that another thing:

    Employers - their reaction to a claim being lodged is very individual to the employer.

    Treatment can be a lot wider spread other than the injections that your DH has been offered and maybe your GP is unaware of (for example - Autologous blood injections, platelet injections.....).

    Obviously as a therapist - I advocate trying more consertative treatments such as splinting prior to going down the road of injections, however, just putting it out there.

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    FYI.

    My father, a sheep shearer, was diagnosed with tennis elbow in his shoulder many many years ago. He was told (by the doctor) it was so severe that the only treatment was surgery, and he would never shear sheep again. He did not accept this.

    He changed jobs to one that didn't involve manual labour. This was back when jobs were easy to get.

    He utilised accupuncture and chinese massage which he said improved it significantly. Also he started an in-water excercise program that he attributes to his recovery.

    At first, he would simply move his arm slowly under the water in a heated pool. When that became easy, he included a ping-pong bat in his hand to increase the resistance.

    After eighteen months he went back to the doctor and they did the scans and said there was no longer any sign of the problem. His injury had miraculously healed itself. He returned to his former occupation with no ill effects.

    Sweetseven - I'd suggest that your father's injury was perhaps a rotator cuff injury or an overuse of the shoulder as tennis elbow of the shoulder does not exist.
    I do believe it was most likely a doctor paraphrasing in laymans terms so dont know what the official diagnosis would have been. He was told that a tendon or ligament (I dont remember which) was badly frayed and had that pointed out to him on scans. I think, but am uncertain, that the surgery offerred involved scraping calcification off the bone(s).
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    Tennis elbow is the laymans term for Lateral epicondylitis.

    This is microtears in the tendon origin of three muscles which are wrist extensors, that start out at the elbow. It will generally heal itself over a period of 12 to 18months if the area stops getting stressed, however, the idea of going through workers compensation would include the management of the injury - there are things which can be done to assist the healing period.

    Sweetseven - I'd suggest that your father's injury was perhaps a rotator cuff injury or an overuse of the shoulder as tennis elbow of the shoulder does not exist.


 

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