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Repetitive Strain Injuries in Dentistry


Dentists are at a higher risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) than the general public. Resources linked in this guide highlight common causes, symptoms and prevention of RSIs in dental professionals. Much of the information that appears in this guide is peer reviewed, evidence-based literature available through the University of Toronto Libraries.  

This guide was originally developed by Laurie Kagetsu for her practicum project at Dentistry Library University of Toronto. Updates were made by Graduate Student Library Assistant, Brenna Williamson, and approved by Dentistry Library Staff. This guide is maintained by current Dentistry Library Staff. We welcome any comments or suggestions.

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This guide is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as advice or as a substitute for consulting a physician. This guide is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment from a healthcare professional. We are not responsible for the content, accuracy or timeliness of the information provided. This guide aims to provide up to date information on repetitive strain injuries in dentistry, and it is updated regularly as new findings are published. This guide includes selected resources available and licensed through the University of Toronto Dentistry Library or on the web. We strive to keep all content current and correct but make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability or suitability of information, products, services, or related graphics contained on any of the resources listed. The best advice should always come from your physician and other qualified healthcare providers. Please contact the Dentistry Library at for further assistance. 

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