Do wrist exercises help dentists to get rid of wrist pain?

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The Effect of Wrist Exercises on Pain, Quality of Life and Functionality in Dentists with Wrist Pain.

This study was conducted to investigate the effect of wrist exercises on pain, quality of life and functionality in dentists with wrist pain. In this study 39 dentists were included. Dentists simple randomly divided into two groups. 20 dentists were in the study group and 19 dentists were in the control group.

Ergonomics awareness training was given to the study group and exercise training was given for 8 weeks, 2 days a week. In control group only ergonomics awareness was given. Dentists; demographic data such as gender, age, weight and height were recorded. Hand Functional Index, O Conner finger skill test and Quick DASH questinnarie were used to assess for hand functions and skills. The VAS scale was used to assess the pain. The SF-36 questinnarie was used to assess the quality of life. All assessments were performed by a physiotherapist and the treatments were done by another physiotherapist.

Assessments were performed twice before exercise training and after 8 weeks of exercise training. In the study group, after 8 weeks of exercise training; while the decrease in pain value, dominant and non-dominant hand skills and quality of life were increase observed. An increase in manual skill was observed after ergonomic training in the control group. (p <0.05). When the groups were compared in terms of quality of life, an increase was observed in favor of the study group with 8-week exercise training (p <0.05). It was observed that the ergonomic training which was given to the dentists with hand wrist problem, had an effect on pain, hand skills and quality of life.

As a result, we think that the effects of exercise and ergonomic training given to dentists who have hand wrist pain will be examined and studies with different exercises and longer follow-up are needed.

Keywords: Wrist Pain, Dentists, Hand Functions, Hand Skill.

– Rabia Arı (Hasan Kalyoncu University, Institute of Health Sciences, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Master’s Thesis, Gaziantep, 2018.)

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