Natural history of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms and resulting work limitations over 3 years in a newly hired working population.
Gardner BT; Dale AM; Descatha A; Evanoff B
J Occup Environ Med 2014 Jun; 56(6):588-594
Objective: To describe the proportions of workers with upper extremity (UE) symptoms and work limitations because of symptoms in a newly hired working population over a 3-year study period and to describe transitions between various outcome states. Methods: A total of 827 subjects completed repeat self-reported questionnaires including demographics, medical and work history, symptoms, and work status. Outcomes of interest were UE symptoms and work limitations because of symptoms. Results: Up to 72% of workers reported symptoms at least once during the study, with 12% reporting persistent symptoms and 27% reporting fluctuating symptoms; 31% reported work limitations at least once, with 3% reporting consistent work limitations and 8% reporting fluctuating limitations. Conclusions: UE symptoms and work limitations are common among workers and dynamic in their course. A better understanding of the natural course of symptoms is necessary for targeted interventions.
Men; Women; Humans; Workers; Extremities; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Questionnaires; Demographic-characteristics; Statistical-analysis
Bethany T. Gardner, OTD, OTR/L, Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8005, 660 S. Euclid Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri