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Return to work after CTS surgery

In a study of 107 cases meeting inclusion criteria, return-to- work (RTW) rates of working-age patients undergoing surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome were significantly influenced by job classification (heavy manual, light manual, non-manual), gender (woman took less time off), exposure to repetitive work and lifting heavy objects. Surgical technique (open versus endoscopic decompression) and various personal factors – including whether self-employed or employed – were not significant in determining RTW times.

Occupational Medicine 2008; 58: 187–90.  http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/58/3/187.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2008 (vol. 05/1) pp35