A survey of dentists in Poland recently shows that most of them have some kind neck pain or back pain.
Indeed, dentists have an ergonomic problem. It’s hard work for your spinal muscles to continually be stooped over a patient doing meticulous work on someone’s teeth. If you are a dentist, your spinal muscles have to suspend the weight of your head and body in a fixed position for several minutes at a time.
This study shows that 92% of all dentists suffer from some sort of muscle, bone and joint syndrome or pain in the body! The most problematic part was neck pain (47%) and back pain (35%). Some other areas of repetitive strain injury for dentists are:
- fingers (29%)
- hips (23%)
- midback (20%)
- shoulders (20%)
- wrists (18%)
- knees, feet, or elbows (15%)