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April/May 2009 (vol. 05/6)

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

A systematic review (44 papers) of occupational risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) finds that the condition is strongly associated with high levels of hand-arm vibration, prolonged work with a flexed or extended wrist, high requirements for hand force (greater than 4 kg) and combinations of these. However, there was no evidence of psychosocial risk factors and contradictory evidence linking CTS with computer use.

Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2009; 35(1): 19–36. http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=1306

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2009 (vol. 05/6) pp44