Biomedical Applications of Vibration and Acoustics in Therapy, Bioeffect and Modeling
6 Risk Factors and Interventions Associated with Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome
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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...