Wrist Injury and Dentistry
Author(s): Dharsan R, Lakshminarayanan Arivarasu*
In dentistry, two of the most commonly reported pain syndromes of the wrist occur in nearly the same area. Easily confused, but of entirely different origin, de Quervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of the tendons in the thumb, whereas osteoarthritis (OA) of the thumb is a degenerative joint process. Both appear frequently among dental professionals, since a primary risk factor is repetitive thumb use. These syndromes can be debilitating, and OA of the thumb can force early retirement, especially among dental hygienists. Therefore it is a good investment in your health to implement early ergonomic prevention strategies.