Dental hygienists are at risk of developing repetitive trauma injuries due to the nature of their work. The constant use of small hand instruments, such as scalers and curettes, can lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. In addition, the repetitive motions required for cleaning teeth can cause strain on the shoulders and neck.
Prolonged standing and poor ergonomics can also contribute to the development of these injuries. To reduce the risk, it is important for dental hygienists to take frequent breaks, stretch, and use proper posture while working. Employers can also take steps to improve ergonomics in the workplace and provide training on the proper use of equipment.
It is also important for dental hygienists to be aware of the signs and symptoms of repetitive trauma injuries and to seek treatment if they experience any pain or discomfort. With proper care and preventative measures, these injuries can be minimized and dental hygienists can continue to provide quality care for their patients.