Aetiology and management of work-related upper extremity disorders

Authors: Staal JB (1,2) , de Bie R (1,2) , Hendriks EJ (1,2,3)
(1) Caphri Research Institute (2) Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University (3) Institute of Allied Health Care
Source: Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Feb;21(1):123-33
DOI: 10.1016/j.berh.2006.09.001 Publication date: 2007 Feb E-Publication date: Not specified Availability: full text Copyright: © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Article abstract

Work-related upper extremity disorders are a major cause for complaints and disability in worker populations. They may consist of a range of symptoms in the upper extremity, either clearly localised or more widespread, and are usually preceded or affected by exposure to physical activities and/or postures at work. In order to develop effective management strategies, both from a prevention and treatment perspective, more knowledge is needed with regard to the nature, pathophysiological mechanisms and risk factors of this group of disorders. This chapter reviews the clinical manifestations, mechanisms and aetiology of work-related upper extremity disorders through an exploration of the literature. We also examine and discuss the evidence for the effectiveness of several preventative and therapeutic interventions.

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