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IJHSR. 2016; 6(12): 121-126

Hand Function Assessment in Beauticians.

Harshita Gowda, Steffi. P. Mascarenhas, Dnyanesh Pramod Patil,Unnati Pandit.

Background: Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMD’s) in the beauty industry have increased over the years. They can lead group of disorders namely cumulative traumatic disorders, occupation overuse disorders repetitive strain or motion injuries. The wrist & hand are the common joints affected in beauticians, due to high exposure to repetitive movements, use of tools & awkward postures. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess hand function in beauticians using pinch meter and Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test. Methodology: 100 beauticians were assessed for hand function with Pinch Meter and Jebsen Taylor Hand Function by testing dominant & non dominant hand. Results: The pinch strength of dominant hand was more as compared to non-dominant hand. The Jebsen Taylor Hand Function test used to assess performance common tasks used in daily activities, the dominant hand took lesser time for the activities as compared to non dominant hand. Conclusion: Excessive working of dominant hand over non-dominant hand could make it more prone to overuse injuries

Key words: Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test, Pinch Strength, beauticians, cumulative trauma disorders.

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