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Investigation of Occupational Wrist Injuries in Women,


PB88247630

Publication Date 1981
Personal Author Armstrong, T.
Page Count 20
Abstract Occupationally caused carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in women was investigated through three studies: test battery development for workplace surveillance of CTS; effects of work pace, wrist splints, light duty work, and time off on CTS; and an anatomic study of the pathomechanics of CTS. Age was determined to be the most consistent and significant factor of normal subject performance. Results of the pace study tend to support the use of pacing as a control measure for occupational CTS. The use of wrist splints actually served to aggravate CTS. In a longitudinal study, seven of eight subjects demonstrated some improvements in performance corresponding to time off or light duty work; two subjects who worked overtime demonstrated a worsening of performance; and all subjects given splints showed immediate worsening of symptoms. The anatomical study revealed marked mononuclear infiltration in vascular walls of vessels within the carpal tunnel which is similar to a pathological condition found in rheumatoid arthritis.
Keywords
  • Occupational diseases
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Blood vessels
  • Pathology
  • Females
  • Work measurement
  • Time studies
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Age factors
  • Splints
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NTIS Subject Category
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57E - Clinical Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
Corporate Authors National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.
Supplemental Notes Portions of this document are not fully legible.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 198823
Investigation of Occupational Wrist Injuries in Women,
Investigation of Occupational Wrist Injuries in Women,
PB88247630

  • Occupational diseases
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Blood vessels
  • Pathology
  • Females
  • Work measurement
  • Time studies
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Age factors
  • Splints
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 57U - Public Health & Industrial Medicine
  • 57E - Clinical Medicine
  • 44G - Environmental & Occupational Factors
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