Chipper-Shredder Vibration Injury

BillCandoJanuary 27, 2014

Anyone suffering hand and digit damage from vibration of chipping. If so how do you treat the pain. Both my wife and I have pain in our left hand, wrist, fingers and thumb. This has gone on for over a year for both and Doctors can't find reason. Common denominator is chipper-shredder.

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I have never suffered nerve damage in either hand from vibration, however, I have had temporary symptoms of nerve incapacity in my hands from bicycle riding. There is a tendency to lean on the hands, and if they are kept in the same position for too long, some of the nerves don't work so well. So far, it has gone away after I got off the bike, and rested for a day or two.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 12:30AM
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Dull blades on the chipper make you have to push the wood in. If they're sharp you have to hold back on the larger pieces to keep from bogging the engine down. Wearing heavy cotton gloves will help also.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 8:16AM
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I have some gloves with a very thick layer of insulation that do a good job of isolating my hands from the vibration.


    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 1:09AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Your symptoms sound exactly like mine, which turned out to be compressed discs in my spine. Once properly diagnosed, a few sessions with my chiro. for traction and other treatments cured the pain.

A friend of mine also had similar symptoms and his was traced to carpel tunnel.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 7:03AM
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