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Long term symptomatic, functional, and work outcomes of carpal tunnel syndrome among construction workers
  • Published Date:
    Feb 23 2016
  • Source:
    Am J Ind Med. 59(5):357-368.


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Details:
  • Pubmed ID:
    26909521
  • Pubmed Central ID:
    PMC5023011
  • Funding:
    R01 OH008017/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
    R01OH008017/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
    UL1 TR000448/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
    UL1 TR000448/TR/NCATS NIH HHS/United States
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  • Description:
    Background

    The long-term outcomes of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) including symptoms, functional status, work disability, and economic impact are unknown.

    Methods

    We conducted a retrospective study of 234 active construction workers with medical claims for CTS and 249 workers without CTS claims; non-cases were matched on age, trade, and insurance eligibility. We conducted telephone interviews with cases and non-cases and collected administrative data on work hours.

    Results

    Compared to non-cases, CTS cases were more likely to report recurrent hand symptoms, decreased work productivity/quality, decreased performance of physical work demands, and greater functional limitations. Surgical cases showed larger improvements on multiple outcomes than non-surgical cases. Minimal differences in paid work hours were seen between cases and non-cases in the years preceding and following CTS claims.

    Conclusions

    Persistent symptoms and functional impairments were present several years after CTS diagnosis. Long-term functional limitations shown by this and other studies indicate the need for improved prevention and treatment.

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