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Carpal tunnel syndrome more frequent in blue-collar work

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

When rates of surgically treated carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among blue- and white-collar workers and housewives in the general population were compared, it turned out that surgically treated CTS was three to seven times more common (depending on age/gender) in blue-collar than in white-collar workers.

This is difficult to explain by differences in body weight or other individual factors. Thus, occupational risk factors seem relevant throughout working life. The high rates for full-time housewives suggest that domestic chores should be investigated as a possible risk factor for CTS.

Incidence rates of surgically treated idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome in blue- and white-collar workers and housewives in Tuscany, Italy
Mattioli, S, Baldasseroni, A, Curti, S, Cooke, R M T, Mandes, A, Zanardi, F, Farioli, A, Buiatti, E, Campo, G, Violante, F S
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009; 66:299-304

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When rates of surgically treated carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among blue- and white-collar workers and housewives in the general population were compared, it turned out that surgically treated CTS was three to seven times more common (depending on age/gender) in blue-collar than in white-collar workers.

This is difficult to explain by differences in body weight or other individual factors. Thus, occupational risk factors seem relevant throughout working life. The high rates for full-time housewives suggest that domestic chores should be investigated as a possible risk factor for CTS.

Incidence rates of surgically treated idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome in blue- and white-collar workers and housewives in Tuscany, Italy
Mattioli, S, Baldasseroni, A, Curti, S, Cooke, R M T, Mandes, A, Zanardi, F, Farioli, A, Buiatti, E, Campo, G, Violante, F S
Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009; 66:299-304

Read More…

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