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Repetitive Trauma Injuries in Dental Hygienists

Posted by James Aspell | Jan 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

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.

Dental hygienists who develop repetitive trauma injuries as a result of their work may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is a system that provides financial and medical benefits to employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their job.

In order to qualify for workers' compensation benefits, an employee must typically prove that their injury or illness is related to their job and that they reported the injury to their employer in a timely manner. Repetitive trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis, that are caused by the repetitive motions and prolonged use of hand instruments in a dental hygienist's job may be covered under workers' compensation.

If a dental hygienist is unable to work due to a repetitive trauma injury, they may be eligible for disability benefits to help cover lost wages. They may also be able to receive medical treatment and other benefits to help them recover from their injury.

It is important for dental hygienists to understand their rights and responsibilities under workers' compensation laws and to seek guidance from an attorney or the state's workers' compensation board if they have any questions or concerns.


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James Aspell

Principal since August 1, 2006 James F. Aspell is the principal and managing attorney of the firm which he started in 2006 following 20 years of litigation practice in a mid -size firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Jim focuses his practice in the areas of worker's compensation and personal injury l...


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