Repetitive strain injuries of the hand and forearm

Current Care Summary
Working group established by the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Association of Occupational Health Physicians

Current Care Guideline «Käden ja kyynärvarren rasitussairaudet»1 and Summary «Käden ja kyynärvarren rasitussairaudet»2 in Finnish

Repetitive strain injuries of the upper extremities refer to pain in the forearm, wrist and hand, caused by excessive strain. Diagnoses include tenosynovitis, epicondylitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment is aimed at alleviating pain, restoring normal physical functioning and maintaining ability to work. Preventive interventions have shown some attenuation of discomfort but no effects on disease prevalence or sick leave days. Return to work interventions seem to decrease length of sickness absences. Part time work has hastened return to work and decreased sickness absences in musculoskeletal disorders.

Helena Liira (Chair)

Eija Haukka

Jaro Karppinen

Päivi Linnanen

Antti Malmivaara

Iris Pasternack

Joonas Sirola

Eira Viikari-Juntura

Eero Waris