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Alex Kerin
11-17-1998, 10:21 PM
Dear all,

Thankyou for those who answered my question concerning evidence for the
link between OA and jackhammer use. Following the replies I did a new
search using keywords from the papers that were suggested. The best
summary I found was:

Felson DT (1994) Do occupation-related physical factors contribute to
arthritis? Baillieres Clin Rheumatol. 8, pp. 74-77.

Thanks again, original question and replies follow:

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I am trying to find a reference to the increased upper-extremity OA
risk factors associated with the use of jackhammers. Pubmed only
provides a single paper that is concerned with an isolated case:

Fam AG, et al. Unusual metacarpophalangeal osteoarthritis in a
jackhammer operator. Arthritis Rheum. 1986 Oct;29(10):1284-8.

Yet, several sources indicate that there has been a study, but do not
provide the reference. If, anyone knows of one, could you send the
details please.
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Try

Burke, mj; Fear ec; Wright v. Bone and joint changes in pneumatic
drillers. Ann Rheum Dis 1977;36:276-279.
Philip Helliwell, Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology

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I'm sorry that I do not have time to look up where these references
lie, but if you contact Robert Radwin, or search under his name in
medline, or whatever engineering data bases that are best, I believe
you will get closer to what you are looking for.

Robert Radwin is a engineer in Madison?, Wisconsin who leads a
consortium of interested persons involved in ergonomic issues related
to tools. Some big manufacturers, Atlas Copco, being one are part of
the consortium. A/C also produces jackhammers.

Hope this help.

Beverly Burke RN
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Alex

I have listed a number of vibration-related references below. I am sure
there are hundreds more by now. There is also an excellent edited book
by Brammer and Tayler on the general topic of vibration-induced
repetitive trauma . Some of these are rather old, but they may be
useful to you. Please post a summary of replies. Thanks!

Armstrong, T.J., Fine, L.J., Radwin, R.G., & Silverstein, B.A. (1987).
Ergonomics and the effects of vibration in hand-intensive work.
Scaninavian Journal of Work, Environment, & Health, 13,
286-289. Behrens, V., Taylor, W., & Wasserman, D.E. (1982). Vibration
syndrome in workers using pneumatic shipping and grinding tools. In
A.J. Brammer & W. Tayler (Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm
in Industry (pp. 147-155). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Bentley, S.
O'Connor, D.E., Lord, P., & Edmonds, O.P. (1982). Vibration white
finger in motorcycle speedway riders. In A.J. Brammer & W. Taylor
(Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in Industry (pp.
189-192). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Bovenzi, M., Fiorito, A., &
Volpe, C. (1987). Bone and joint disorders in the upper extremities of
chipping and grinding operators. International Archives of Occupational
and Environmental Health, 59, 189-198. Bovenzi, M., Petronio, L., & Di
Marino, F. (1980). Epidemiological survey of shipyard workers exposed
to hand-arm vibration. International Archives of Occupational and
Environmental Health, 46, 251-266. Bovenzi, M., Zadini, A., Frazinelli,
A., & Borgogni, F. (1991). Occupational musculoskeletal disorders in
the neck and upper limbs of forestry workers exposed to hand-arm
vibration. Ergonomics, 34 (5), 547-562. Brammer, A.J. (1982 a).
Relations between vibration exposure and the development of the
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Effects on the Hand and Arm in Industry (pp. 293-290). New York: John
Wiley & Sons. Brammer, A.J. (1982 b). Threshold limit for hand-arm
vibration exposure throughout the workday. In A.J. Brammer & W. Tayler
(Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in Industry (pp.
292-301). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Chatterjee, D.S., Barwick, D.D.,
& Petrie, A. (1982). Exploratory electromyography in the study of
vibration-induced white finger in rock drillers. British Journal of
Industrial Medicine, 39, 89-97. Futatsuka, M., Yasutake, N., Sakkurai,
T., Matsumoto, T. (1985). Comparative study of vibration disease among
operators of vibrating tools by factor analysis. British Journal of
Industrial Medicine, 42, 260-266. Griffin, M.J. (1982). Hand-arm
vibration standards and dose-effect relationships. In A.J. Brammer & W.
Tayler (Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in Industry (pp.
260-268). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Hursh, H.J. (1982).
Vibration-induced white finger: Reversible or not? A preliminary
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Hand and Arm in Industry (pp. 193-195). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Lewis, C.H., & Griffin, M.J. (1976). The effects of vibration on manual
control performance. Ergonomics, 19 (2), 203-216. Lundborg, G., Dahlin,
L.B., Danielsen, N., Hansson, H.A., Necking, L.E., & Pyykko, I. (1987).
Intraneural edema following exposure to vibration. Scandinavian Journal
of Work, Environment, & Health, 13, 326-329. Lundstrom, R., &
Johansson, R.S. (1986). Acute impairment of the sensitivity of skin
mechanoreceptive units caused by vibration exposure of the hand.
Ergonomics, 29 (5), 687-698. Miyashita, K., Shiomi, S., Itoh, N.,
Kasamatsu, T., & Iwata, H. (1982). Development of vibration syndrome
among chain sawyers in relation to their total operating time. In A.J.
Brammer & W. Tayler (Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in
Industry (pp. 269-276). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Pelnar, P.V.,
Gibbs, G.W., & Pathak, B.P. (1982). A pilot investigation of the
vibration syndrome in forestry workers of eastern Canada. In A.J.
Brammer & W. Tayler (Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in
Industry pp. 173-187. New York: John Wiley & Sons. Pyykko, I.,

Korhonen, O.S., Farkkila, M.A., Starck, J.P., & Aatola, S.A. (1982). A
longitudinal study of the vibration syndrome in Finnish forestry
workers. In A.J. Brammer & W. Tayler (Eds.), Vibration Effects on the
Hand and Arm in Industry (pp. 157-167). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Pyykko, I., Korhonen, O., Farkkila, M., Starck, J., Aatola, S., &
Jantti, V. (1986). Vibration syndrome among Finnish forest workers, a
follow-up from 1972 to 1983. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment,
and Health, 12, 307-312. Riddle, H.F.V., & Taylor, W. (1982).
Vibration-induced white finger among chain sawyers nine years after
introduction of anti-vibration measures. In A.J. Brammer & W. Taylor
(Eds.), Vibration Effects on the Hand and Arm in Industry (pp.
169-172). New York: John Wiley & Sons. Tominaga, Y. (1982).
Dose-response relation for the vibration syndrome. In A.J. Brammer & W.
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