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What are ULDs?

Upper limb disorders (ULDs):

What are the symptoms?

Stiffness or pain from joints and inability to straighten or bend those joints. Aches and pains, tenderness, stiffness, weakness, tingling, numbness, cramp and swelling to muscles of the arms or the neck.

These symptoms may suggest overuse or damage to the limb or some underlying condition, if you are concerned please speak to your Doctor/GP.

What causes a ULD?

The way the work is organised and managed can make a significant contribution to reducing the risk of ULDs as well as make them worse.

Workers may be more likely to suffer an upper limb problem if exposed to more than one risk factor.

These risk factors are described in more detail on the reducing and managing risk pages.

What if I have these risk factors in my workplace?

Just because a worker is exposed to these risk factors this does not necessarily mean they will end up with a ULD, or that the risks cannot be adequately controlled. For further information visit the ' how to reduce the risks' page.

More on dealing with ULDs

Information for:

Updated 2019-11-21