ERGONOMIC DENTISTRY: A PARADIGM SHIFT TOWARDS A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. A REVIEW.

Rohit Pannu

Abstract


The modern dentistry has advanced with giant steps but work related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are still a significant occupational health problem for the dental profession. Repetitive strain injuries are on a rise in dentistry. The positions in which dentists repeatedly put themselves through their work, place them at great risk for developing musculoskeletal pain in their shoulders and neck, hand and wrists, lower back, forearms and elbows. MSDs contribute significantly to sick leave, reduced productivity and leaving the profession. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries (RSJ), which can develop over time and can lead to long term disability.

 


Keywords


Ergonomics, Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), Disability, Prolonged Static Posture, Prevention.

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