An Experimental Investigation into Staging CTS Utilizing Portable Ultrasound and Doppler as a Diagnostic Alternative
Subcontract Principal Investigator: Shawn C. Roll PhD, OTR/L, RMSKS, FAOTA, FAIUM
Jan 2011 – Dec 2012
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a musculoskeletal disorder, afflicting employees who are involved in using their hands for intensive work tasks. An increase in the reported number of cases of CTS has been noted and the causes are still being investigated. Research has indicated that employees at risk for CTS are likely involved in tasks that incur repetition, awkward postures, high force, vibration, and pressure on the wrist. To this end, some employers have use nerve conduction studies (NCS) to monitor or evaluate employees, in an effort to reduce the company’s risk for workman’s compensation and decreased production. NCS has been studied extensively as a diagnostic test to detect CTS however it is not always well tolerated by patients and is still plagued with false negatives. The use of medical ultrasound, to image the median nerve, is not considered a new diagnostic tool however, the use of portable units with high frequency transducers and power Doppler are innovations that could lead to a non-invasive alternative to monitor musculoskeletal disorders that occur in the workplace. Therefore, the central hypothesis of this proposal is that medical ultrasound with high frequency transducers and power Doppler can be conducted to improve prevention and clinical interventions for CTS.
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