Upper Limb Disorder (ULD’s)

Upper Limb Disorder (ULD’s)

Upper limb disorders are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that affect the shoulder, neck, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand and fingers. Its estimated that as many as 370,000 people are affected by work-related upper limb disorder of some kind. Symptoms may include aches and pains, tenderness, weakness, tingling, numbness, swelling, stiffness or reduced movement in their joint.

Upper limb disorders are more common in tasks at work that involve:

  • Prolonged repetitive work
  • Uncomfortable or awkward working postures
  • Sustained or excessive force
  • Carrying out a task for long periods of time without suitable rest breaks
  • Working with hand-held power tools for long periods of time
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