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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is a set of symptoms that are caused by regularly using vibrating tools or machinery in your work. HAVS causes neurological, musculoskeletal and vascular damages in the arms, fingers and hands.
Early signs of HAVS are obvious signs such as not being able to feel things with your fingers. Other common symptoms are the likes of pins and needles or numbness.
HAVS also causes you to feel that your grip strength has reduced, therefore you may struggle to carry heavy objects or grip tightly.
If you regularly work with vibrating tools in cold and wet conditions and you notice your hands or fingers turning white don’t panic. This could be an early sign of HAVS, make sure you get it checked by a professional to confirm.
As Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome get worse your numbness and lack of a grip may become worse or permanent. Worst-case scenario, your fingers begin to turn black. You may also be in danger of amputation or losing complete use of your hand.
There are a few ways that you can prevent or reduce the risks of HAVS. It is understandable that some workers need to use vibrating tools to conduct their work; therefore it is impractical to completely disregard using them. Take a look at a few ways in which you can reduce the risk of HAVS.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome can sometimes get better; you need to stop using vibrating tools before it gets too bad. If the symptoms get too bad, they may stay even when you stop using vibrating tools.
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