Developed Vibration White Finger? You need to make a no win no fee* in Dorchester-on-Thames personal injury compensation claim!
Vibration White Finger is the older name given to the condition which is referred to nowadays, as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS). It is unclear how and why this debilitating syndrome develops initially. However, research has shown a clear link between the prolonged and heavy use of vibrating equipment and the development of symptoms.
What causes Vibration White Finger?
It is not fully understood what causes Vibration White Finger to develop initially, however it is thought to be linked closely to the prolonged use of heavy and vibrating equipment such as:
- Pneumatic drills
- Impact wrenches
- Power drills
- Chain saws
- Impact hammers
What are the effects of using this equipment?
Over an extensive period of time (usually over 10 years), the small blood vessels and nerve endings in the fingers and thumbs can become damaged irreversibly by the constant, repetitive vibration of a hand held or piece of vibrating equipment causing:
- Pins and needles in the fingers, thumb and arm
- Weakness in the use of the fingers, thumb and arm
- Loss of sensation
- Severe pain and discomfort
- Changes in colour of the finger and thumb
- Loss of function of the fingers, thumb and arm
- Increased sensitivity to wet, cold and icy conditions
- Permanent whiteness to the fingers
Can Vibration White Finger be prevented?
- Ensure that you hold tools as loosely as possible, and in varying positions
- Check that tools are well-maintained
- Use tools correctly
- Use the right tool for the job
- Take regular breaks of at least 10 minutes away from the tool
- Keep warm while at work – especially your hands
How is Vibration White Finger treated?
It is important to follow medical advice about treating this distressing condition, in order to minimise the effect that the symptoms may have in the longer term.
- Stop smoking. Smoking can reduce blood flow and cause further complications to circulation.
- Stop using vibrating equipment as the symptoms will be aggravated and worsened by the continuing use of this equipment.
- Keep warm in cold and wet weather. Icy, wet and cold conditions make the symptoms worse and become very painful.
- Take exercise particularly using the hands on a regular basis to improve circulation and function.
- Avoid extremely cold conditions and use protective gloves in colder areas such as freezers.
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Date Published: 17th February 2014