If I don't do anything about hand-arm vibration, what will happen?

As your symptoms develop, they can severely limit your work, leisure and domestic activities:

  • You may not be able to continue working with vibrating equipment.
  • Working in cold or wet conditions may become unbearable.
  • You may not be able to carry out tasks involving dexterity or finger manipulation, such as holding certain tools, screws or nails.
  • You may not be able to take part in leisure activities such as golf, washing the car, fishing, DIY, gardening, certain domestic chores, and even simple tasks such as fastening buttons or sorting coins.
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