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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a complex condition characterized by various symptoms caused by the compression of the median nerve within the inflexible carpal tunnel at the wrist. Imbalances in the musculoskeletal system resulting from overuse and underuse of hand and forearm muscles can contribute to the narrowing of the carpal tunnel, making it less resilient to the strain imposed by the flexor muscles. The repetitive wrist and hand movements commonly seen in dental professionals can exacerbate the muscular imbalance in the carpal tunnel. While there is limited literature on the prevalence of CTS in dental professionals, this study aimed to determine its occurrence among dentists performing intricate tasks with their upper extremities. A prevalence study was conducted in 2021 among dentists aged 27 to 45 in Calicut, Malappuram, and Kannur. The study enrolled 101 dentists who met the inclusion criteria, and the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ) was employed to assess the prevalence of CTS. Participants completed the questionnaire through a Google form. Among the 101 subjects, comprising 59 females and 42 males, the prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in dentists was 47.5%. Most affected individuals were in the 25-35 age group. Notably, 14% of dentists reported experiencing severe symptoms, while 17% faced difficulties completing their daily tasks. In conclusion, the study highlights the significant prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome among dentists. It underscores the importance of recognizing and managing this occupational disease to enhance affected individuals' quality of life and overall well-being. The findings emphasize the need for further research to validate and expand on these results and stress the importance of implementing preventive measures to safe guard the hand health of dentists.

Keywords: Carpal tunnel syndrome, Dental professionals, Dental technicians, Posture, Boston Carpal Tunnel questionnaire, Pain severity.

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