Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for a significant proportion of occupational diseases in dentists, according to a study of the ergonomic conditions in the profession. Around three-quarters of those examined had an MSD affecting the neck, almost 60% had one affecting the shoulders or upper back, and more than 40% had one affecting the lower back or wrists. The authors concluded that the work postures of dentists need to be improved through a combination of education, better workstation design, more rest periods and regular physical activities.
Rafeemanesh E et al (2013) “A study on job postures and musculoskeletal illnesses in dentists”. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, first published online 21 October.