How employers can improve the ergonomic health of their office and cube dwellers

Dry eyes, sore muscles and fatigue are all symptoms of prolonged computer use. Sometimes ignoring the aches and pains can result in the development of chronic conditions such as: Carpal tunnel syndrome (injury to nerves in the wrist) Tendinitis (swelling of the tendons) in the wrist or elbow Tenosynovitis (swelling of the sheath around a tendon) Often the solution is to fit the workstation to each worker’s personal needs, paying close attention to posture. Here are som e tips for how an employer…
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AbstractCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common finding among patients with cardiac amyloidosis. We sought to determine the prevalence of cardiac amyloidosis in patients who had undergone CTS surgery. From 2005 to 2014, 308 patients ≥ 60 years underwent CTS surgery. Of these, 233 (76%) agreed to participate in the study and 101 (73 ± 8 years; 68% females) showed left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) ≥ 12 mm and underwent additional studies to diagnose AL and ATTR amyloidosis. Based on complementary studies, three p atients were diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis (two wi...
Source: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
ConclusionsPatients suffering with CTS may be at an increased risk of depression. Experiencing pain in CTS may further increase the likelihood of experiencing mental health difficulties. Poor mental health can give rise to functional symptoms, similar to those seen in CTS, demonstrating the need for electrophysiological testing before considering surgical intervention.
Source: Brain and Behavior - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
We report the clinical features of a patient with hereditary ATTR amyloidosis associated with a novel mutation (Y114S, p.Y134S). A 65-year-old Japanese man was admitted to our hospital after a 3-year history of progressive dyspnea on exertion. Five years previously, he presented dysesthesia in both hands caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. A genetic analysis revealed a base pair substitution of adenine to cytosine in the second codon of exon 4, residue 114, in the TTR gene (c.401A>C). The clinical characteristics were progressive cardiomyopathy with a poor vital prognosis, late onset, sporadic case, bilateral carpal tunne...
Source: Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Intern Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Counter to guidance from the ASA, we found that almost half of CTRs performed on ASA class I-II VHA patients were preceded by ≥1 LVT. Although the total cost of these tests is relatively modest, CTR is just one of many low-risk procedures (eg, trigger finger release, cataract surgery) that may involve similar preoperative testing practices. These results will inform site selection for qualitative investigation of the drivers of low-value testing and the development of interventions to improve preoperative testing practice, especially in locations where rates of LVT are high. PMID: 31206428 [PubMed - as...
Source: Anesthesia and Analgesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Anesth Analg Source Type: research
In this study, the authors compared ultrasonography with neurophysiological findings for the diagnosis of CTS in 96 patients/hands with clinical symptoms of CTS. The latency, amplitude, distance, and velocity of the median and ulnar nerves were measured. Needle electromyography was performed in the abductor pollicis brevis, in addition to muscles of the arm and forearm, to exclude proximal median nerve, brachial plexus, or radicular abnormalities. Ultrasonography was based on the morphologic/anatomic changes of the median nerve cross-sectional area in the sagittal plane of the wrist at the level of the pisiform bone, the c...
Source: Orthopedics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Orthopedics Source Type: research
This report details the variation, compares it with other reported variations, presents the related embryology, and reviews the significance of this variation as it relates to inflammatory conditions and surgical procedures. PMID: 31169299 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Folia Morphologica - Category: Anatomy Tags: Folia Morphol (Warsz) Source Type: research
Authors: Latten S, Andreisek G, Ganser J PMID: 31167283 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Handchirurgie Mikrochirurgie Plastische Chirurgie - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Handchir Mikrochir Plast Chir Source Type: research
To produce an electronic decision tree (DT) version of the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (DT-BCTQ) using the Chi-squared automatic interaction detection (CHAID) algorithm to reduce questionnaire length of the Boston carpal tunnel questionnaire (BCTQ) while minimizing the loss of measurement properties.
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions Excess body mass and occupational physical factors increase the risk of hospitalization for CTS. Excess body mass potentiates the adverse effects of strenuous work on CTS.byHulkkonen S, Shiri R, Auvinen J, Miettunen J, Karppinen J, Ryh änen J. doi:10.5271/sjweh.3836
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Tags: Original article Source Type: research
Conclusions Excess body mass and occupational physical factors increase the risk of hospitalization for CTS. Excess body mass potentiates the adverse effects of strenuous work on CTS. PMID: 31168633 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Tags: Scand J Work Environ Health Source Type: research
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