198 pages | 30 B/W Illus.
Whether you call them work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs), cumulative trauma disorders (CTDS), or occupational overuse syndromes (OOSs), these conditions are a cause of pain, disability and suffering to workers worldwide. These designations often imply that their causes are related to work, but the supporting evidence can be unclear. Transparency is important, especially when it is necessary to form a connection with work factors to obtain treatment or compensation. This book addresses the dilemma.
Written by a professional ergonomist with almost 40 years of experience in workplace ergonomics, this book combines a critical summary and assessment of the epidemiological literature with an exploration of the scientific and medical evidence for possible causal mechanisms to develop well-informed conclusions on causation of a number of common musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb and intervertebral disc injury.
Although much of the book focuses on physical factors, the role of psychosocial factors is increasingly being recognized and an additional chapter reviews a number of the current theories relating to this important issue.
Introduction. Description of the Systematic Evidence-based Approach. Psychosocial and Cultural Factors. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis). Supraspinatus Tendinitis. Non-specific Arm Pain (RSI). Injuries to Intervertebral Discs. Application of the Approach. The Future.