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The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Latino poultry-processing workers and other Latino manual workers.
Cartwright MS; Walker FO; Blocker JN; Schulz MR; Arcury TA; Grzywacz JG; Mora D; Chen H; Marín AJ; Quandt SA
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Feb; 54(2):198-201
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in Latino poultry-processing workers. METHODS: Symptoms and nerve conduction studies were used to prospectively assess 287 Latino poultry-processing workers and 226 Latinos in other manual-labor occupations. RESULTS: The prevalence of CTS was higher in poultry-processing (8.7%) compared with nonpoultry manual workers (4.0%; P < 0.0001). The adjusted odds ratio for the prevalence of CTS in poultry workers was 2.51 (95% confidence interval, 1.80-3.50) compared with nonpoultry workers. Within the poultry workers, those who performed packing, sanitation, and chilling had a trend toward less CTS than those who performed tasks requiring more repetitive and strenuous hand movements. DISCUSSION: Latino poultry-processing workers have a high prevalence of CTS, which likely results from the repetitive and strenuous nature of the work.
Poultry; Poultry-industry; Poultry-workers; Employee-exposure; Employee-health; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Nerve-damage; Nerve-function; Racial-factors; Manual-materials-handling; Meat-handlers; Food-processing; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing-workers; Repetitive-work; Hand-injuries; Hand-tools; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices
Michael S. Cartwright, MD, Department of Neurology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Main Floor Reynolds Tower, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division