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CTS precludes simple solutions.
Occup Health Saf 1987 Feb; 56(2):68
The author critiques an article by John A. Sebright entitled "Gloves, Behavior Changes Can Reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome." The author found that the article was lacking in supporting evidence and was contrary to findings in the cited literature. Splints and gloves, rather than a benefit, are an increased risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in machine operators. The editor, citing Dr. Sebright, states that the latter uses splints in the workplace only occasionally, when the employee can wear them comfortably, but that he utilizes cock/up night splints on a regular basis. Dr. Sebright agrees with Mr. Habes that the article under discussion could possibly mislead employers about the value of wrist splints on the job as a means of controlling CTS.
Injuries; Hand-injuries; Occupational-hazards; Medical-treatment; Machine-operators; Disease-prevention
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Occupational Health and Safety
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