Effects of vibration, unspecified is a condition caused by prolonged exposure to vibrations, usually from the use of hand-held power tools, or from prolonged travel in motor vehicles.
Diagnosis is usually made through physical examination and a review of the patient’s history of exposure to vibrating tools or vehicles. The doctor may also order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI to look for signs of damage or injury.
Differential diagnosis includes conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Raynaud’s syndrome, and certain neurological disorders.
Treatment for effects of vibration, unspecified is focused on reducing the exposure to vibrations and relieving pain and discomfort. Physical therapy and occupational therapy can help to reduce symptoms. If the condition is severe enough, medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, or narcotics may be necessary.
The prognosis for effects of vibration, unspecified is generally good if the patient reduces their exposure to vibrations and follows their doctor’s instructions for treatment. However, in severe cases, chronic pain and disability may result.