Journal of Applied Dental
and Medical Sciences
Journal of Applied Dental and Medical Sciences is A Quarterly Published


Prevention Is Better Than Cure: Ergonomics in Dentistry

Yogita Khalekar , Amit Zope , Lalit Chaudhari , Ujawala Brahmankar , Hemant Gadge , Swapnil Deore


Ergonomics is the science of fitting the task to human capabilities and limitation in order to improve work place safety and productivity. Dental profession is not immune from Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or cumulative trauma disorders (CTD). Risk factors for work related MSDs with specific reference to dentistry include stress, poor flexibility, improper positioning, infrequent breaks, repetitive movements, weak postural muscles, prolonged awkward postures and improper adjustment of equipment. This article includes MSDs,the signs, symptoms and risk factors of these types of injuries, so that one can be aware of developing problems and can change his /her approach to work or alter the workstation setup to prevent further injury.

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