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Ergonomics Everytime Keeps Dental Practice Healthy, Wealthy and Fine

P Bansal, M Kaur, AK Sharma

Citation Information : Bansal P, Kaur M, Sharma A. Ergonomics Everytime Keeps Dental Practice Healthy, Wealthy and Fine. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2016; 10 (2):59-64.

DOI: 10.5005/johcd-10-2-59

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

ERGONOMICS is a way to work smarter - not harder by designing tools, equipment, workstations and tasks to fit the job to the worker-NOT the worker to the job.

In the dental profession, dentists spend their work days in an awkward static position performing extremely precise procedures in a 2“×2 ½” workspace-the patient's mouth. Therefore, they are at a greater risk of work- related musculoskeletal disorders than is the general population. These disorders can result in pain and dysfunction of neck, back and hands and fingers. This article is aimed at providing some interventions that can considered by the dentists in light of their own experience and needs. It also discusses the important issues of posture and offers different exercises to work with comfort, efficiency and ease.

A broad research of published literature was performed using the keyword ergonomics, MSD's and stretches from 1983- 2016 in google scholar, internet and text books.


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