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March 11, 1998

Orthopedics, Occupational Disorders: Occupational Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries and Diseases

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;279(10):802. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.802-JBK0311-3-1

Painful conditions of the hand and upper extremity now rank near low back pain as occupational disorders. They cause many days off from work and large disability payments. The cost alone demands that more attention be devoted to these problems.

The editor of this work has amalgamated the writings of multiple authors into a most readable volume on an important but complex topic, the management of hand and upper extremity problems as related to occupation.

Appropriately, topics include motivation, compensation, job analysis, and legal, psychological, ergonomic, and social aspects. Multiple discussions focus on how these important factors are related to selection of treatment and how they impact on cost and return to work. The writers emphasize the necessity of teamwork in the management of a variety of diseases, disorders, and injuries.