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Document ID (ISN)109942
CIS number 09-818
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gold J.E., d'Errico A., Katz J.N., Gore R., Punnett L.
Title Specific and non-specific upper extremity musculoskeletal disorder syndromes in automobile manufacturing workers
Bibliographic information Feb. 2009, Vol.52, No.2, p.124-132. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract A longitudinal cohort of 1214 automobile industry workers was examined for the prevalence and persistence of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs) and prognoses based on symptom characteristics and other factors. Eight specific disorders were identified through case definitions based on upper extremity physical examinations and symptom surveys administered on three occasions over six years. At baseline, 41% of the cohort reported upper extremity symptoms, of which 18% were non-specific disorders (NSDs). In each survey, tendon-related conditions accounted for over half of the specific morbidity. Specific UEMSDs were characterized by greater pain severity and functional impairment, and more lost work days than NSDs. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; upper extremity disorders; risk factors; motor vehicle industry
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; USA; carpal-tunnel syndrome; frequency rates; tendinitis; cohort study; medical examinations; epicondylitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system