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Wrist Injury and Dentistry | 89102

Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
eISSN No. 2347-2367 pISSN No. 2347-2545

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Wrist Injury and Dentistry

Author(s): Dharsan R, Lakshminarayanan Arivarasu*

Abstract

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.

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