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February/March 2009 (vol. 05/5)

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Work-related upper limb disorders

Over-attribution of upper limb disorders (ULDs) to work can be detrimental to recovery, a review of evidence finds. Over-medicalisation and negative diagnostic labels are also unhelpful. The review of literature published from 1996 presents ‘evidence statements’ covering classification and diagnosis, epidemiology, associations and risks, interventions and return to work. Self-management should be encouraged, with interventions based on biopsychosocial principles. Early return to work is important, with transitional arrangements and temporary work modifications where appropriate.

Occupational Medicine 2009; 59: 44–52.  http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/1/44.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2009 (vol. 05/5) pp40-41