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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126-132
Prevalence of low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among dental practitioners in Dakshina Kannada and Coorg District


1 Department of Prosthodontics, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Public Health Dentistry, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
D Anupama Prasad
Department of Prosthodontics, A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences, Nitte University, Mangalore - 575 018, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_672_16

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Context: Dental practitioners who usually have to work for long durations in a particular fixed posture are more prone to musculoskeletal disorders(MSDs), particularly those involving the hand and wrist and also of the lower back. Aims: To study the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS) and low back pain(LBP) among dental practitioners and to correlate the symptoms with the duration of practice. Subjects and Methods: A closed-end questionnaire was distributed to 100 dental practitioners from Dakshina Kannada and Coorg districts of Karnataka, India. Statistical Analysis Used: Analyses were carried out using Chi-square test and Fisher's exact test. Results: The study found that 86% of the total population of dentists practicing for more than 5years showed symptoms of CTS and 54.0% experienced LBP. Conclusion: Symptoms of MSDs related to hands, wrists, and low back is widely prevalent among the dentists, which severely impact their work efficiency. Precautionary measures early in the clinical practice such as proper ergonomics in the operating field and few strengthening exercises as described in this study can reduce the onset and progression of the symptoms.


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