The majority of dentists and hygienists working in the dental field experience some type of physical discomfort or injury. Research shows that 82.7% of dental professionals reported at least one symptom of musculoskeletal disease in the past 12 months. (Baltic Dental and Maxillofacial Journal, 2007 Volume 9, Number 1) Whether it’s issues with the neck, shoulders, middle back, lower back, elbows, forearms, wrists, or fingers, the dental field is a high-risk profession, and taking charge now can change one’s day-to-day well-being. Most dental professionals try to bear the pain, make minor adjustments, or simply accept that they have a job hazard they must deal with. Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention for Dentists and Auxiliaries
In fact, it is not any single issue. The root cause is the overuse of muscles and tendons every day while you work, and not the equipment. Who would have thought that just like any other endeavor, the stronger and healthier you are, the easier your task becomes? Did you ever think there would be a need to develop an exercise program exclusively for hygienists? It’s critical that whatever program you consider, it should be specific to your needs and the demands you place on your body.
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