Ergonomic pain--part 2: differential diagnosis and management considerations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can produce ergonomic pain in several different regions of the body, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, lumbar spine, knee, and ankle/foot. Each family of disorders is distinctive in presentation and requires diagnosis-specific interventions. Because of the complex nature of these disorders, management approaches may not always eliminate symptoms and or completely restore patient function to a level found prior to symptom onset. As a consequence, ergonomic measures should be implemented to reduce the overload on tissue and contribute to patient recovery. However, functional limits may persist and the clinician must make further decisions regarding a person's functional status in the chronic stages of the patient's care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sizer, PS; Phelps, V; Brismée, JM; Cook, C; Dedrick, L

Published Date

  • June 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 136 - 162

PubMed ID

  • 17166197

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-2500

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2004.04209.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States