Friday, February 27, 2009

Work Related Musculo-skeletal Disorders In Dentists

Work related musculo skeletal disorders are very common in dentists due to the type of work and posture during their time of work.Recent surveys shows that 40-60% dentists are affected with work related musculo skeletal disorders. The most common affected sites are neck, shoulder, hand, wrist and back. The disorders around neck and shoulder are
1.
myofascial pain syndrome
2.cervical 
spondylosis
3.
Rotator cuff injuries
4.Thoracic outlet syndrome etc..
The disorders affecting forearm,hand and wrist are
1.DeQuervains disease
 
2.Carpal Tunnel syndrome
3.Tennis Elbow
4.
Guyon's disease
5.Trigger finger
The disorders affecting back are
1.Lumbar 
spondylosis
2.Low back pain
3.Sciatica
4.Herniated disc

M pain and trigger points are common and most of the time they misdiagnosed simply as Cervical spondylosis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. So a through clinical examination is needed for every patient before starting the physio program.

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