HAVS - management issues
Common problems in the practical management of HAVS - results of a consensus study Tuesday 30th January 2024
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The SOM Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Special Interest Group first met in September 2017, and agreed “currently much practice is subjective”. Chaired by Roger Cooke and then Ian Lawson, the group produced a number of documents to assist colleagues, available on the SOM website. The main document “The identification and management of hand arm vibration syndrome” was revised and updated in December 2020. Since then a number of other documents have been produced covering associated issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, the use of nerve conduction studies, the use of photography, whole body vibration (WBV), and WBV and pregnancy. With the onset of the pandemic, guidance about remote health surveillance was produced jointly with the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. The Group has reviewed external documents and publications relating to HAVS, and heard invited speakers on specific topics of interest. In the six years since its formation the group has grown and now has 79 members. A Delphi Study from December 2022 reviewed specific issues related to HAVS, about which there is no definitive evidence. Results were presented to the International HAVS conference at Nancy, France in June 2023. Since then the full research report has been completed and provides a basis for this one day conference.
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