Dentists lose millions of dollars each year due to musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal disorders force dental professionals to take time off and cancel appointments. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common problems that has already become a growing epidemic among dentists in the industry…
CTS symptoms include intermittent numbness in the hands (paraesthesia) and loss of grip strength.
Women are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than men, partly due to hormonal changes, pregnancy or thyroid problems that cause fluid retention, which is an aggravating factor of this syndrome. If it is not controlled, the compression in the wrist can permanently damage the nerve and end your career.
“It’s better to prevent than to cure”
Ergonomics is the basis of prevention. We need to change our patterns of movement and carefully choose the tools we use, particularly for women, because work items have been mostly designed for males.
You need to take breaks and stretch throughout the day when a job becomes. We highly recommend watching the video below:
Here are a list of nonsurgical treatments you can practice to help reduce the risks associated with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome:
It is indicated in cases with mild symptoms.
We use ergonomic principles to improve our movements and use appropriate instruments.
Prevent carpal tunnel through stretching and relaxation exercises every 20 or 30 minutes during the day.
Wrist splints: Especially effective in reducing nocturnal feelings of numbness and tingling in the hand.
Injections of corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are the most potent anti-inflammatory drugs around. And when injected into the carpal tunnel passageway, reduces inflammation of the flexor tendons that pass through the tunnel, thus reducing the pressure on the nerve.
Decompressive surgery is usually indicated when CTS does not respond to conservative measures when they’re progressive, persistent or against the existence of muscular atrophy neurological damage. It is generally recommended to perform this surgery without delay when a muscle begins to atrophy.
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