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Risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome and median neuropathy in a working population.

Authors
Armstrong-T; Dale-AM; Franzblau-A; Evanoff-BA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2008 Dec; 50(12):1355-1364
NIOSHTIC No.
20035362
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether work-related physical activities are associated with Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), even when controlling for personal risk factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional assessment of 1108 workers from eight employers and three unions completed nerve conduction testing, physical examination, and questionnaires. CTS was defined by median neuropathy and associated symptoms. RESULTS: Eighteen workers had CTS and 131 had evidence of median neuropathy. CTS was highest among construction workers (3.0%) compared to other subjects (<1%). Logistic regression models for median neuropathy both personal and work-related risk factors. Work-related exposures were estimated by two methods: self-report and job title based ratings. CONCLUSIONS: Both work and personal factors mediated median nerve impairment. Construction workers are at an increased risk of CTS so awareness should be raised and interventions should specifically target this risk group.
Keywords
Epidemiology; Ergonomics; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Neuromuscular-system-disorders; Neurophysiological-effects; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Worker-health; Work-practices; Workplace-studies
Contact
Bradley A. Evanoff, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, Campus Box 8005, 660 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bevanoff@dom.wustl.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008017
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MO
Performing Organization
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri
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