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What are the risk factors for the development of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)?
Exerting excessive force; excessive repetition of movements;
Awkward postures or unsupported positions;
Static postures or positions that a worker must hold for long periods of time;
Compression which can concentrate force on small areas of the body;
Inadequate recovery time due to overtime, lack of breaks, and failure to vary tasks;
Excessive vibration, usually from vibrating tools/drills, which can decrease blood flow, damage nerves, and contribute to muscle fatigue.1
These risk factors, either alone or in combination, can subject dental professionals’ hands and wrists to thousands of repetitive twisting, forceful, or flexing motions during a typical workday.2
Why should dental professionals care about ergonomics?
The prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) among dentist and dental hygienists can range from 64-93%, with chronic hand and wrist pain prevalence at 40-75 %. 3,4,5 Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among dental practitioners are cited as the main reason for early retirement.6
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