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Document ID (ISN)111688
CIS number 11-0416
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rosen B., Bj÷rkman A., Lundborg G.
Title Improving hand sensibility in vibration induced neuropathy: A case-series
Bibliographic information 2011, No.6:13. 18p. 38 ref.
Internet access Improving_hand_sensibility.pdf [in English]
Abstract This study reports a long-term series of nine workers suffering from vibration-induced neuropathy after many years of exposure to hand-held vibrating tools at high or low frequency. They were treated with an anaesthetic skin cream on the forearm repeatedly for a period up to one year (in two cases four years). The aim was to improve their capacity to perceive touch and thereby improve hand function and diminish disability. All participants had sensory hand problems in terms of numbness and impaired hand function influencing. After one year, sensibility (touch thresholds and tactile discrimination) as well as hand function were improved in a majority of the cases. Seven of the participants choose to continue the treatment after the first year and two of them have continued at a regular basis for up to four years.
Descriptors (primary) vibration; anaesthetics; skin creams; diseases of peripheral nervous system; hand; sensory aptitude
Descriptors (secondary) paraesthesia; medical treatment; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Vibration
Diseases of other sense organs (other than the eye and the ears)