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Modern Occupations Resulting in Hand Injuries

wrist-and-hand-injuriesMost people complete their daily activities with abandon.  For those with hand, wrist, and elbow conditions, normal activities – such as writing on a piece of paper, or typing on an iPhone – can become painful ordeals.  According to a study completed by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, hand and wrist injuries account for $740 million in annual health-related costs.  These types of injuries are also considered among the most expensive to treat and rehabilitate.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly two-thirds of all occupational illnesses reported were caused by exposure to repeated trauma to workers upper body (the wrist, elbow or shoulder).  During the Industrial Age, most injuries were associated with manual labor such as farming and work in smoke stack factories.  Thus, workers in the old days often endured back pain, respiratory problems, and pain in the joints.

The evolving nature of injuries in the contemporary workplace reflects the modern activities of today’s jobs.  Employees confined to office cubicles and keyboard tapping complain when their work spaces are not optimized ergonomically.  Pain at the fingertips, wrist injury, and emotional distress are often reported to physician