With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the aim of this study is to establish an early detection method for median nerve pathology using sonography and develop a predictive model of development of work-related carpal tunnel syndrome.
With funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), we aim to identify factors associated with the development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dental hygienists, primarily through adaptation and development of various ergonomic observation analysis techniques.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, our transdisciplinary team is currently evaluating the use of artificial intelligence to develop an office workstation that can adapt and coevolve with the human user to improve environmental conditions, positioning, and postures that will enhance worker health, wellness, and productivity.
The aims of this project are to develop and investigate the effects of mind-body interventions on outcomes in hand therapy. With pilot funding from the American Hand Therapy Foundation, we evaluated the impact of a mindfulness-based body scan and sonographic biofeedback on stress, anxiety, and pain within a treatment session. We are continuing to evaluate effects of such interventions across a full episode of care.
Through on-going collaborations with colleagues at The Ohio State University, we are exploring both risk factors and preventive strategies to reduce the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in sonographers.