Do you work with tools/equipment that vibrates?
Do suffer from tingling in your hands and fingers?
Hand-arm vibration (HAVS) is a common syndrome which occurs in a variety of workplaces as a result of vibration transmitted to the hand and arm due to the use of hand-held power tools, hand-guided equipment or holding materials processed by machines.
Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome can present 3 clinically in three different categories;
As HAVS is a stress injury caused by the prolonged exposure to vibration, by minimising the risk factors associated with the development of hand-arm vibration syndrome it can significantly decrease a person’s likelihood of developing the syndrome.
Some of these include;
There is no specific treatment for HAVS, besides completely eliminating the vibration exposure, however management techniques can be used to manage symptoms and pain.
Chiropractic manipulative therapy has shown proven results in improving hand impairments which can result from hand-arm vibration syndrome, as well as improving muscle weakness, the neurological symptoms as explained above and range of motion of the hand and upper limb. Numbness and tingling in hand may be improved with specific chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue work and acupuncture.
As this syndrome is common among many fly in fly out workers and employees in the heavy machinery industry, if you experience any of the above symptoms, especially numbness and tingling in the fingers and hands as well as blanching of the hand and arm, please contact Lakeside Chiropractic in Joondalup on 9300 9500
We service the northern Suburbs of Perth and have very experienced chiropractors.