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Feels like a pinched nerve

I’m seeing a lots of SRP lately. Dentical ins. patient mostly lots of build-ups, calculus, plaques, staining. what is better way to prevent pain in my hand and shoulder.



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Make sure your instruments are not past their prime and are sharp. Stainless steel instruments only have a lifespan of 9-18 months, depending on many factors. On the same note, make sure your ultrasonic inserts don’t need replacing as well. They should have come with a guide to show when they need to be replaced.
 
Be aware of your ergonomics; are your shoulders hunched? Are you keeping your elbows in toward your body? How’s your instrument grip? Do you have a good operator chair?
 
Another thing to consider is the amount of time you are given for SRPs. Is it enough time that you aren’t in a rush? Being rushed can lead to tensing of muscles and letting ergonomics slip just to get the job done.
 
Finally, there’s only so much hygienists’ bodies can tolerate. Are you doing to many SRPs per day? Know your limits, otherwise, musculoskeletal injury can wreak havoc on your body, cause burnout, and may even shorten your career.
 
If none of these things are the issue, and the pain doesn’t subside, don’t hesitate seeing your primary care physician, chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, etc.

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I do see a lot of perio. I had a total of 7 max and some times it does really get tired and feeling burn out. I been asking if I get a new instruments especially scalers if I can. until now no answer. I have 2 operatory old chairs that been provided by the office, not a good chair but it works up/down position.

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