Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dentists and orthodontists: a review of the literature

Sakzewski, Lisa and Naser-Ud-Din, Shazia (2014) Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dentists and orthodontists: a review of the literature. Work, 48 1: 37-45. doi:10.3233/WOR-131712


Author Sakzewski, Lisa
Naser-Ud-Din, Shazia
Title Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in dentists and orthodontists: a review of the literature
Journal name Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2014
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-131712
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 45
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
BACKGROUND: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD's) are on the rise worldwide. These disorders have numerous repercussions, from serious ill-health effects at the individual level to decreased workplace efficiency and productivity affecting not only quality of life but the economy.

OBJECTIVE: This review aims to provide an overview of WMSD's in the dental profession, more specifically, among general dental practitioners and specialist orthodontists.

METHODS: Literature was hand searched from Pubmed with greater emphasis on contemporary literature as the professionals demands have evolved over the years.

RESULTS: While there have been numerous papers published relating to the prevalence of ergonomic problems among general dentists, orthodontists have received little investigation.

CONCLUSION: This review highlights the need for research into the risk factors of WMSD's in the dental profession (both general dentistry and orthodontics), as this would provide a more direct approach for prevention which is essential as professionals work for longer years in practice.
Keyword Occupation
Pain
Ergonomics
Dentistry
Orthodontics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Online Date Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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