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carpal tunnel syndrome?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by hazelmei, May 20, 2002.

  1. hazelmei

    hazelmei Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    San Francisco, CA
    does anyone have any info on the chances of dentists developing carpal tunnel syndrome? or if someone already has CTS, will this greatly affect their clinical abilities in dental school and also in practice?
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  3. Devdas

    Devdas Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Yankee Town
    Yes! Dentists definitely suffer from Carpal tunnel syndrome due to the overuse of wrist joints with hyperextension manoeuvres during their work.

    It could affect their clinical ability because of symptoms due to CTS.This could be avoided by ergonomic chairs and modified dentistry tools.
    There are many modified tools in the market which reduces the stress of wrist joints.Even plumbers,electricians and other techinicians use modified tolls to prevent getting CTS.
  4. deciduous

    deciduous ready to shed 7+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    It is likely that many dentists (among us) will get this. Fortunately, there is a surgery for it; and from what I understand, once you have had the surgery your syndrome is healed. The dentist I am currently working for has had the surgery done. It took them twenty minutes to do both his hands.

    Anyway, I already look to have it done.

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