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Ergonomics and the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders

In order to treat work-related musculoskeletal disorders, occupational and physical therapists need to do more than take a patient history, examine the worker, and perform laboratory tests. They must also understand the long-standing problems, the pattern of recurring symptoms, and the differential diagnosis for specific conditions. MANAGEMENT OF WORK-RELATED MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS provides the information necessary to understand, assess, and treat these disorders in order to safely return the worker to the worksite.


Published: December 2003

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-7506-7409-6


  • I: Systems Involved in MSD Management: Worker, Medical, and Regulatory Perspectives
    1. Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Worldwide Dilemma
    2. The Individual Worker Perspective
    3. The Medical Perspective
    4. The Regulatory Perspective
    II: Conditions Related to MSDs: Diagnosis and Intervention
    5. Evaluation of MSDs
    6. Treatment of MSD and Related Conditions
    7. Joint Related Conditions Related to MSDs
    III: Ergonomic Risk Factors Related to MSDs in Business and Industry
    8. The Expanded Definition of Ergonomics
    9. Physiologic Risk Factors
    10. Biomechanical Risk Factors
    11. Job Design Factors
    12. Organizational and Psychosocial Factors
    IV: Developing and Implementing Worksite Programs
    13. Job Analysis and Worksite Assessment
    14. Reducing Injuries, Claims and Costs
    15. Employment Examinations
    16. Designing a Prevention Program
    17. Outcome Assessment of Ergonomic Programs
    V: Managing MSDs in Home and Leisure Environments
    18. Ergonomics in the Home
    19. Ergonomics of Childcare
    20. Ergonomics of Leisure Activities
    VI: Specific Programs for High Risk Populations
    21. The Older Worker
    22. Preventing MSDs in Dental Hygienists
    23. MSDs in Performing Artists
    24. Addressing MSDs in Computer Workstations


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