Age and neuropathies in vibration exposed manual workers

Authors

  • Martin G. Cherniack Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut, Health Center, Farmington, CT, United States
  • Anthony J. Brammer Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut, Health Center, Farmington, CT, United States
  • Ronnie Lundström Department of Biomedical Engineering and Informatics, University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden
  • Timothy F. Morse Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut, Health Center, Farmington, CT, United States
  • Greg Neely Department of Psychology, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
  • Tohr Nilsson Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Sundsvall Hospital, Sundsvall, Sweden
  • Donald R. Peterson Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut, Health Center, Farmington, CT, United States
  • Esko M. Toppila Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Finland and Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Tampere University Hospital, Helsinki Tampere, Finland
  • Nicholas Warren Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut, Health Center, Farmington, CT, United States

Keywords:

Automotive assemblies, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Hand-arm vibration, International consortium, Longitudinal data, Mechanoreceptors, Track measurement, Vibrometry

Abstract

The Hand-Arm Vibration International Consortium conducted a study that provided longitudinal data on symptoms and on some electrophysiological and psychological measurements in four vibration exposed cohorts. The cohorts included shipyard workers, automotive assembly workers, forest workers, and dental hygienists. Investigations revealed the prevalence of entrapment neuropathy, including carpal tunnel syndrome that was associated with age. Baseline and follow-up questionnaires and structured physical examinations were administered to all the participants in the study. Vibrometry was performed so that mechanoreceptor function was assessed independently of nerve conduction. Fractionated nerve conduction was also performed providing comparisons of SNCV in the digits with cross-wrist and longer track measurements.

Published

2009-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Cherniack MG, Brammer AJ, Lundström R, Morse TF, Neely G, Nilsson T, Peterson DR, Toppila EM, Warren N. Age and neuropathies in vibration exposed manual workers. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2009Sep.1 [cited 2021May6];37(3):178-9. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2192

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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