Dental health professionals are at risk for many work-related issues.
Many dental health professionals report neck pain. If possible, sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor. Check your loupes for the correct focal length and declination angle. If they are not at the proper angle and length, your head can be in an uncomfortable and unbalanced position, putting a lot of strain on your neck.
If you have hand pain, you might try switching to fitted gloves instead of ambidextrous gloves. You could also try alternating between thicker and thinner handled instruments. Watch for discomfort or tenderness in your forearm around your elbow, which could mean wrist and hand extensor irritation. This could lead to tendinitis.
Be sure to take time to stretch between patients. Turn your head from side to side, pull your arms up above your head. Touch your palms to your shoulders. Straighten your legs and rotate your ankles. March in place. If you have chronic back pain that worsens over time, it would be wise to seek medical attention.
Hopefully these suggestions can provide some relief; however, this article is not meant to substitute treatment or evaluation from a trained medical professional. For more tips, see the full article.
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