Vibration exposure can cause various physical and mental health effects, including musculoskeletal disorders, hearing loss, and general fatigue. Sources of vibration exposure include occupational settings such as construction sites, factories, and transportation vehicles, as well as leisure activities like riding a motorcycle or snowmobile.
Diagnosis of vibration-related effects is based on physical examination, medical history, and self-reported exposure to vibration. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, may be used to detect structural damage to the joints and tissue.
Differential diagnosis of vibration-related effects includes other musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sciatica, and multiple sclerosis.
Treatment for vibration-related effects depends on the severity of the condition. Rest and physical therapy are often prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Medications may also be prescribed to reduce swelling and inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair damaged tissue.
Prognosis for vibration-related effects is generally good if the condition is diagnosed and treated early. With appropriate treatment, most patients experience symptom relief and return to their normal activities. However, untreated vibration-related effects can lead to long-term complications and disability.