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September 26, 2017

Prevention and Treatment of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Dentists

By Juanita Benedict, DPT, CEAS II
Commercial Supporter: Orascoptic

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) have become a global problem in dentistry. General and specific exercise programs can help prevent and protect dentists from the development of WMSDs. However, WMSDs are complex, so no single intervention can fix everything. A multifactorial approach to WMSD prevention includes identification of sources of pain, exercise programs, proprioceptive awareness training and ergonomic solutions.


  • Discuss the impact of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) on dentists' health, lifestyle, and financial status.

  • Explain how WMSDs develop and how they can be prevented or treated.

  • Describe specific exercises and other activities that can help prevent or alleviate pain associated with WMSDs.

  • Describe work-related and everyday tasks that can cause or worsen WMSDs.

About the Author

Juanita Benedict is a Dental Ergonomic Consultant in Orlando, Florida.

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