The effects of periodontal instrument handle design on hand muscle load and pinch force.

@article{Dong2006TheEO,
  title={The effects of periodontal instrument handle design on hand muscle load and pinch force.},
  author={Hui Dong and Alan Barr and Peter Loomer and Charles Laroche and Ed Young and David Rempel},
  journal={Journal of the American Dental Association},
  year={2006},
  volume={137 8},
  pages={1123-30; quiz 1170}
}
BACKGROUND In comparison with people in other occupations, dentists and dental hygienists are at increased risk of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome. An important risk factor in dental practice is forceful pinching, which occurs during dental scaling. Ergonomically designed dental instruments may help reduce the prevalence of MSDs among dental practitioners. METHODS In the authors' study, 24 dentists and dental hygienists used 10 custom… CONTINUE READING
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