Outcomes comparison of treatment for chronic disabling work-related upper-extremity disorders and spinal disorders.

@article{Mayer1999OutcomesCO,
  title={Outcomes comparison of treatment for chronic disabling work-related upper-extremity disorders and spinal disorders.},
  author={Tom G. Mayer and Robert Gatchel and Peter B. Polatin and Tyrrell Evans},
  journal={Journal of occupational and environmental medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={41 9},
  pages={
          761-70
        }
}
Since 1986, the percentage of upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs) has increased from 1% to 4% of all occupational injury claims, while the average total medical and compensation cost is 80% higher than the average of all other claims. Because chronic disability leads to the highest cost, systematic evaluation of this growing occupational condition is needed. We performed a prospective case-series cohort study of patients (n = 163) with UEMSDs, compared with a matched group of… CONTINUE READING

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