Repetitive strain injuries are common in dentistry. Many dentists and dental hygienists are diagnosed with musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs). Dental experts spend their working days in a static position, having to perform precise procedures in a constrained workspace such as the patient’s mouth.
When working alone, the aspiration of saliva and other liquids from a patient´s mouth using traditional aspiration tips introduces ergonomic limitations and difficulties affecting the performance.
Typical hand motions known to cause hand pain
- Upraised arms and large cervical flexion and rotation ⇒ Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders
- Holding the wrist in a non-neutral position. Torque movement of the wrist while the fingers are in a tight pinch grip ⇒ Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and/or De Quervain’s Disease