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Biomedical Applications of Vibration and Acoustics in Therapy, Bioeffect and Modeling

Ahmed Al-Jumaily
Ahmed Al-Jumaily
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Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a painful and disabling condition of the arms, hands, and fingers arising from prolonged and repeated exposure to vibration.

As an occupationally related disease, considerable research has been directed toward the control and management of this condition. This chapter reviews the literature on the epidemiological evidence for HAVS and the risk factors that give rise to this condition. Intervention strategies used in the control and management of HAVS are also reviewed.

Following a detailed search of the literature, 16 epidemiological studies and 11 intervention studies were considered appropriate to the aims of this review. These...

6.1 Introduction
6.2 Strategy Adopted When Reviewing the Literature
6.3 Epidemiological Evidence Relating to HAVS
6.4 Evidence From Previous Reviews Linking HTV and Symptoms of HAVS
6.5 Epidemiological Studies of HAVS
6.5.1 Prevalence and Incidence of HAVS
6.5.2 Latency Period
6.6 Risk factors for HAVS
6.6.1 Occupation
6.6.2 Vibration Exposure
6.6.3 Smoking
6.6.4 Postural and Environmental Factors
6.7 HAVS interventions
6.7.1 Introduction
6.7.2 Mechanical Interventions
6.7.3 Production Systems‚ąēOrganizational Culture
6.7.4 Modifier Interventions
6.7.5 Ceasing Exposure
6.8 Summary
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