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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Current Developments in the Prevention and Treatment of Repetitive Motion Injuries of the Upper Extremity
D. Mowry
1995: Kearney, NE
Cumulative trauma is a condition associated with the musculoskeletal system and is due to repetitive use of that body part. There are often other aggravating factors, such as: cold environments, vibration or awkward positioning of the work site. Some cumulative disorders of the upper extremity include: carpal tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain's disease, and lateral epicondylitis. Special testing may be involved in carpal tunnel syndrome, such as Tinel's or Phalen's test and an EMG. All have similar treatment methods of using nonsteroidal medications, heat, and injections. To further treat these conditions, jobs need to be modified to decrease the risk factors, and education of the worker needs to be completed.

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