Author

Makielski

Date of Award

12-1993

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The following study examined the presence of risk factors among hand therapists for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. A review of the literature indicated a significant relationship between the incidence of carpal tunnel syndrome and manual workers whose occupational tasks involve repetitive wrist and hand movements. Hand therapists were characterized as manual workers while possessing specialized knowledge and skill in the evaluation and treatment of hand and wrist disorders. Biomechanical analysis of various "hands on" techniques revealed repetitive wrist and hand movements including the use of force and increased risk for injury associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. In order to determine the significance of the problem, a survey method was used. Questionnaires were sent to 430 members of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Data analysis involved a percentage profile and z score with final acceptance or rejection of the null hypothesis.

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