Document Type : Research Article
Background: Dentists in their practice are exposed to work-related vibrations on a daily basis. Carpel tunnel syndrome occurs due to overuse of the hand while using vibratory equipment such as sizing, turbines, and handles with slow speeds, gripping and working with tools or other small objects such as endodontic files.
Objectives: The main aim of this cross-sectional study was to measure the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome among dental students and dental assistants
Methodology: A questionnaire was utilized in this study to determine the prevalence of CTS. The prevalence was measured using the Symptom Severity Scale. We got 209 responses from dental colleges in Saudi Arabia.
Results: More than 100 participants indicated that they had symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. The patient with symptoms generally complained of little hand pain at night. They are often encountered with mild to severe hand pain during the day. It was determined whether the hand numbness was slight, moderate, or severe. The individuals mainly described slight hand numbness.
Conclusion: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a prevalent condition, and dental assistants and students in our investigation were more likely to develop it than the general population. To prevent severity since students are more likely to be affected, it would be advantageous if good ergonomics were used and taught to students at the academic level.