Other specified effects of vibration are caused by prolonged and/or repeated exposure to vibration. This can occur in occupational settings such as working with heavy machinery or in a vibrating environment, such as on a construction site. It can also occur in recreational activities such as riding a motorcycle or operating a power tool.
Diagnosis of other specified effects of vibration is often done through a physical exam, which includes asking questions about past exposure to vibration and an evaluation of the patient’s symptoms. Additional tests such as imaging studies may be ordered to rule out other possible causes of the symptoms.
Differential diagnosis for other specified effects of vibration includes other medical conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve compression syndromes, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Treatment for other specified effects of vibration depends on the symptoms. In some cases, rest and avoiding activities that can cause further vibration can help to improve symptoms. Other treatments such as physical therapy, medications, and splints may be used to reduce pain and inflammation.
The prognosis for other specified effects of vibration is generally good. With proper treatment, most patients are able to reduce their symptoms and return to their daily activities. In some cases, long-term disability or chronic pain may occur.