Hypothenar hammer syndrome is a rare and little-known disease that can lead to serious injury in the affected fingers and could even result in their amputation, if the diagnosis and the treatment are not appropriate. The disease develops in workers who use vibrating tools or who repeatedly use the palms of their hands to strike, flatten, press or twist objects. Even a single episode of trauma could cause the disease.
To aware employers and workers, the IRSST has published an information pamphlet entitled Recognizing Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome.
Alice Turcot, MD with the INSPQ is presenting this prevention pamphlet.