Updated: Feb 22, 2018
Ergonomics in Dentistry & in the Workplace: Exercises to Prevent Thumb, Finger, Hand, Wrist, Carpal Tunnel & Elbow Injuries.
Repetitive grip injuries are a form of RSI (repetitive stress injury). They are common in many occupations, few more-so than in the dental profession. Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants are especially exposed to repetitive grip imbalances. Hand muscles cross many joints throughout the lower arm, and thus the usability of the fingers, thumb, hand, wrist, carpal tunnel and elbow often become compromised – especially over time.
Dental professionals rate HIGHLY in EACH category for exposure to repetitive grip injuries:
Aggressive, continuous grip, often with vibration
Long grip periods without a break
Non-neutral tool size gripped (small tool requires greater pinch effort)
Palm-down position during grip (greater effort to support wrist & fingers)