New RMO LED Curing Light Ergonomically Designed to Reduce Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk To Dentists

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RMO introduces ergonomically designed pistol grip Light Emitting Diode Curing Light to reduce risk of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms now afflicting numerous dentists.

To help cut the incidence among dentists of carpal tunnel syndrome and related hand/wrist injuries, Rocky Mountain Orthodontics has introduced an ergonomically advanced pistol grip Light Emitting Diode (LED) curing light. The new RMO Turbo Curing Light requires the application of less force because the full hand is employed in manipulating it in contrast to the two or three fingers which must be tightly applied in gripping wand type curing lights.

The benefits of full hand control are documented in studies by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA links CTS to frequent, repetitive use of the hand or wrist in tasks requiring the generation of high force and advises makers and users of hand tools to “reduce grip force requirements. The greater the effort to maintain control of a hand tool, the higher the potential for injury. Whenever possible, select tools that use a full-hand power grip rather than a precision finger grip.” Research at the University of Osaka, Japan found that in holding cylindrical objects, “total grip force …increases as the number of fingers used for grasping decreases.”

With the incidence of CTS and related injuries reaching massive proportions within the profession, RMO felt compelled to do as much as possible to relieve the situation. “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Growing Epidemic Among Dental Professionals (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) New Jersey Medical School reports that “the practicing dentist and dental hygienist have a high rate of upper extremity symptoms and musculoskeletal disorders, however when starting the profession they are relatively symptom free.”

Although CTS is generally reported to affect only about 0.5 percent of the population, it has been found to be 50 times or more greater among dentists. A survey of U.S. Army dental professionals reports that “symptoms related to carpal tunnel syndrome could be found in 75.6 percent of dental personnel.” Symptoms listed were: pain at night, tingling, decreased sensation or loss of feeling in fingers, sensation of 'falling asleep' during normal activity, stiffness, loss of strength, frequent dropping of objects, and morning swelling.

The RMO LED Turbo curing light is cordless, uses a blue LED (light emitting diode) that emits light in the 430-490 nm range and does not require a bulb which can wear out, lose intensity and have to be replaced. Since there is no bulb generating heat, there is no need for a heat reducing fan which would add weight and use battery power. Two heat sinks are incorporated within the unit to prevent any heat build-up. Diode emitter technology assures consistent light output. The light is ergonomically designed to fit the hand and has an angled light guide for convenient positioning in the mouth unlike many wand type lights which are uncomfortable to hold during the bonding process and difficult to position in the mouth.

RMO has pioneered the creation and marketing of a broad range of quality products and services for more than 70 years and is a leading multinational specializing in orthodontics. For further information and technical specifications of the RMO LED Turbo curing light call 800.525.6375 or 303.592.8200 or contact a RMO sales representative.

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Dick Elfenbein, EC&O -201-836-8787

For: Rocky Mountain Orthodontics


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