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 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-131712
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 37
End page 45
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Language eng
Abstract 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.

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

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

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

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.
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)
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