WORK RELATED UPPER LIMB DISORDERS

We are leading specialists in Work Related Upper Limb Disorders.

Upper limb disorders are a particular group of musculoskeletal ailments affecting the arm and neck. Here is a list of these disorders. Click on any of the panels below to discover more about each condition;

Work Related Upper Limb Disorders

Click on any of the panels below to discover more about each condition.

Beat Hand

General inflammation of the hand causing pain and swelling usually associated with manual labour involving severe or prolonged friction or pressure on the hand.

Bursitis

 

Bursitis happens when the fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that cushion your joints become inflamed.  Symptoms include a dull ache or pain, tender or warm swollen or red joints most common in the shoulders, hips, elbows or knees.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Compression of the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel (a small fibrous channel of the wrist) causing pain, numbness and pins and needles in the thumb, index and middle or ring fingers as well as weakness in the hands. Read more about CTS here.

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis is a common, (usually age-related) condition that affects the joints and discs in your cervical spine, which is in your neck.  It develops from wear and tear of cartilage and bones.

De Quervain's Disease

De Quervain’s disease is also known as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis or inflammation of the tendons of the thumb. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is inflammation of the sheath (the synovium). This surrounds the two tendons that are involved in moving the thumb. The tendons run between the wrist and the thumb. There may be swelling and thickening of the sheath and it becomes very painful to move the thumb.

Dupuytren's Contracture

Dupuytren’s disease is a condition that affects the hands and fingers. It causes one or more fingers to bend into the palm of the hand. Dupuytren’s contracture occurs when the connective tissue in the palm thickens.

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) and Medial Epicondylitis (Golfers Elbow)

Condition of tendon/muscle as it joins the bony prominence (epicondyle) of the elbow. At the outer elbow it is known as lateral epicondylitis – at the inner elbow it is known as medial epicondylitis.

Frozen Shoulder

An underlying inflammatory process that restricts shoulder movement.

Tenosynovitis

Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the fluid filled sheath (called the synovium) that surrounds a tendon, typically leading to joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

Trigger Finger (Stenosing Tenosynovitis) and Trigger Thumb

Inflammation and thickening of the tendons (tendonitis) of the fingers or thumb. Symptoms can include pain and clicking sensation when finger/thumb is bent. The HSE are of the opinion that this can be occupationally induced if your work involves overuse of the fingers/thumb.

The HSE advises that in determining whether the work is associated with a risk of upper limb disorders, employers should consider whether it involves;

  • Excessive repetition
  • Poor working postures
  • Excessive force
  • Excessive duration of exposure to such factors

Employers can take the following steps to reduce the risk of injury;

  • Providing adequate levels of manpower/manual assistance
  • Mechanisation of some aspects of the work
  • Providing mechanical lifting appliances/aids and enforcing the use
  • Adopting an ergonomic approach; can the workplace design be changed to eliminate/reduce manual handling injuries?
  • Improving layout/work routine – providing a sufficient number of breaks/job rotation/adequate space/reducing frequency, distance and height of lifting and awkward postures
  • Making the load lighter/less bulky/easier to grip/more stable/labelled with weight and centre of gravity
  • Training in relation to manual handling methods and risks
  • Health surveillance of employees

If you think you may be suffering from a Work Related Upper Limb Disorder and wish to discuss the potential of making a claim please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 804 8004, or send us a message using the form below.

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