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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
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri