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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 138-144

Carpal tunnel syndrome: An occupational hazard

Department of Prosthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

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Sagar J Abichandani
Department of Prosthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-6944.111175

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Background: The authors wanted to evaluate the comprehensive literature on carpal tunnel syndrome and find out if there is any correlation with dentists having a higher prevalence of its occurrence and finding out the scientific literature involving carpal tunnel syndrome among dentists. Materials and Methods: A review of dental literature involving carpal tunnel syndrome was undertaken. Details appearing in the literature prior to 1995 was reviewed in a comprehensive manner and the literature post 1995 was reviewed electronically. Results: The prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome is higher in dental professionals involving various facets of dental specialties. Conclusions: Abnormal postures, including muscle imbalances, muscle necrosis, trigger points, hypo mobile joints, nerve compression, and spinal disk herniation or degeneration may result in serious detrimental physiological changes in the body. These changes often result in pain, injury, or possible neuro-skeletal disorders. Clinical Implications: Dentists have an increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and precautions and care should be exercised to prevent detrimental irreversible changes to occur in the body.

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