Carpal tunnel syndrome prevalence in a heavy railroad maintenance and repair facility

T. L. Stentz, M. W. Riley, C. L. Glismann, J. L. Ballard, R. C. Sposato

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is clinically evaluated with the aid of nerve conduction testing. CTS diagnosis is typically confirmed by the presence of higher than normal median nerve distal latencies accompanied by lower than normal conduction velocities depending on the degree of neuropathy. The main objective of this research was to estimate the prevalence of CTS in a population of 800 railroad maintenance workers. A non-random sample of 322 volunteer workers participated in the study. Demographic and anthropometric data was collected. Median nerve distal latencies and conduction velocities were measured on both hands. Based on the test results, subjects were separated into 6 classes of CTS severity from 'normal' to 'severe'. Data analysis revealed some CTS was present. Analysis of wrist geometry did not confirm wrist squareness as a predictor of CTS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-790
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors Society
StatePublished - 1992
EventProceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Part 2 (f 2) - Atlanta, GA, USA
Duration: Oct 12 1992Oct 16 1992

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  • Engineering(all)


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