In 1992, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and University initiated a program aimed at the early diagnosis and treatment of potential upper extremity work related musculoskeletal disorders (UEWMSDs), ergonomic assessment and abatement of work areas where individuals with UEWMSDs are employed, as well as the identification and correction of areas throughout the hospital and university where UEWMSDs could possibly occur. The program resulted in an initial increase in the number and cost for the treatment of UEWMSDs. Subsequently, there was a significant decrease in the number of UEWMSDs reported and virtual elimination of the need to use surgical procedures to correct these conditions. This article suggests that a coordinated program of medical care, ergonomic assessment, and intervention can be efficacious in the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of UEWMSD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of occupational and environmental medicine|
|State||Published - Dec 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health