By the end of this presentation, the attendee will be able to:
1. Discuss common musculoskeletal impairments and work-related musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals.
2. Identify the role of ergonomic adjustments, physical therapy and wellness programs in injury prevention for dental professionals.
3. Prepare an action plan related to MSK injury prevention in the workplace for dental professionals.
Introduction: There is a high incidence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s) reported among dental professionals and can be associated with lost productivity, increased health care cost and disability. The Bureau of Labor and Statistic of the Department of Labor defines MSDs as musculoskeletal system and connective tissue diseases and disorders when the event or exposure leading to the case is bodily reaction, overexertion, or repetitive motion. Dental professionals are often in prolonged static postures performing highly skilled fine motor tasks on a daily basis. The postures and movements that are used by dental professionals to perform dental procedures are often dictated by the patient positioning and the equipment being used. These factors can lead to repetitive, awkward or stressful positions of their body. The prevention of MSD’s can occur with a focus on workplace ergonomic strategies, improving clinician and patient positioning and education regarding the risk factors of developing MSD’s combined with strategies to mitigate them. A multi-pronged approach is necessary to safeguard dental clinicians from the increasingly prevalent work-related MSD’s. The inclusion of a wellness program can have positive benefits on injury prevention in the work place.
- Incidence and etiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s)
- Signs and symptoms the dental professionals should be watching for related to MSD.
- The role of ergonomics in the prevention of work-related MSD for dental professionals.
- The role of a wellness programs and how it can help in the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
- Injury prevention activities and how to create a wellness plan for dental professionals.
Neither Dr. Schilling nor Dr. Radwan have any financial relationships relative to this presentation to disclose.
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