Shoulder tendinitis and its relation to heavy manual work and exposure to vibration

Scand J Work Environ Health. 1993 Feb;19(1):43-9. doi: 10.5271/sjweh.1505.


Three categories of construction industry workers (54 bricklayers, 55 rockblasters, and 98 foremen) were compared in a cross-sectional study. In a structured interview they reported exposure to loads lifted, vibration, and years of manual work. They were also subjected to a clinical investigation including medical history and a detailed shoulder examination. Among the rockblasters 33% had signs of tendinitis in the left and 40% in the right shoulder. Among the bricklayers and foremen 8-17% had signs of shoulder tendinitis. In a multiple logistic regression being a rockblaster compared with being a foreman showed an odds ratio (OR) of 3.33 for left-sided and 1.71 for right-sided shoulder tendinitis. Vibration exposure yielded an OR of 1.84 and 1.66 for the left and right sides, respectively. Vibration exposure or work as a rockblaster seemed to be risk indicators for tendinitis of the shoulders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupational Exposure / adverse effects*
  • Physical Exertion*
  • Risk Factors
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder*
  • Sweden
  • Tendinopathy / etiology*
  • Vibration / adverse effects*
  • Weight-Bearing
  • Workload