2.28 The science of overuse injuries after upper limb absence and the art of treating it
- 27/04/2023 | 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Guadalajara 3, Ground floor
To gain the highest level of functioning in individuals with upper limb absence (ULA; acquired or congenital), we should pay more attention to prevention and treatment of overuse injuries. Overuse injuries may be specific, for example carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, or non-specific, such as chronic musculoskeletal complaints of neck or back. Whether or not a prosthesis is used, individuals with ULA have a two times higher risk for development of overuse injury compared to the general population. These injuries are known to increase disability and are related to poorer general and mental health. Our review about overuse injuries showed that both biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors play a role, making it challenging to treat these injuries successfully. In the past years, we have published several studies about overuse injuries in individuals with ULA and we aim to bring the results together in this symposium. We will start with presenting the current scientific knowledge on overuse injuries in individuals with ULA. While using the ICF-model, we will reveal biomechanical and biopsychosocial risk factors known in this population, such as compensatory movements, muscle fatigue and personal factors. As we hypothesize that one of the risk factors for overuse injuries is a mismatch in capacity and performance, we will have a look at the scientific background of this hypothesis and elaborate on what this means for treatment. By addressing these concepts we invite the audience to discuss with us the art of preventing and treating overuse injuries in individuals with ULA.
Statement of the objective / learning objectives
To gain an overview of the current scientific knowledge on prevalence and biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors of overuse injuries in individuals with upper limb absence, and to discuss the art of treating these injuries.