Prior to recent events, you may not have considered your job as a grocery store cashier as essential. However, in recent months, that opinion has most likely changed. Regardless of what else is going on here in San Diego, or the rest of the country for that matter, you play an important role in the distribution of foods and other goods to the general public.
In fact, your job may have gotten busier as people begin to prepare for the holiday season and winter. Now more than ever, you may be feeling the physical effects of your job. In fact, you may suffer from tennis elbow even though you have never even played the game.
It’s more common than you think
Tennis elbow, known by medical professionals as lateral epicondylitis, is nothing more than a persistent pain on the outside of your elbow. Most of the patients with this condition are between the ages of 40 and 60. As a grocery store cashier, you are in good company if you suffer from this pain. People in the construction business, meat cutting industry and other manual laborers also suffer from this condition. Up to around 10 million people in this country suffer from it.
The condition results from repetitive use of your arm, wrist and hand. Movements such as gripping and twisting tend to overwork and inflame the tendon that connects the bony part of your elbow to the muscles in your forearm. The longer you have this pain without treatment, the greater the danger is that you could suffer permanent damage. Sadly, most people let the pain continue for one to three months before seeking medical attention.
Getting the treatment you need
It may not be possible to avoid this injury no matter how much you try. It may simply be a matter of time before the riggers of your job duties catch up with your body. When you do find yourself in pain, it may be a good idea to seek medical attention before the injury gets worse and possibly leads to permanent damage.
Since the injury is work-related, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical and medical-related expenses, a portion of your lost income and more depending on the circumstances. However, receiving the compensation you deserve is not always an easy task. It may be worth your while to work with an experienced attorney to help ensure you reach a favorable outcome.