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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 253-257

Ergonomics among dentists in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh


1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Intern, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Telangana, India
3 Consultant Dental Surgeon, Indus Hygiea, Mohali, Punjab, India
4 Department of Paediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Goenka Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
5 Department of Periodontics and Community Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Uday Kiran Uppada
Department Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Sri Sai College of Dental Surgery, Vikarabad, Telangana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/njms.NJMS_33_20

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Aim: This study is designed to evaluate the work-related musculoskeletal disorders among dentists in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted to disclose the incidence, location, and intensity of musculoskeletal pain among dentists in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. A questionnaire study was designed. Six hundred and twenty-four dentists participated in the survey working in different centers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Demographic information, type of professional practice, duration of working hours, posture of working, and the distance of travel from home to workplace were collected. This was related to whether a dentist is suffering from any musculoskeletal disorder. The location of pain, intensity of pain, and the preventive measure they employ in their daily life are noted. Results: It was observed that oral and maxillofacial surgeons followed by general dentists were more prone to musculoskeletal disorders. Due to the lack of a well qualified/trained assistant in addition to lack of sophisticated equipment is resulting in professional induced musculoskeletal disorders among oral and maxillofacial Surgeons. General dentists who try to perform all the dental procedures by themselves without the support of specialists were more prone to musculoskeletal disorders. The majority of the participants have lower back pain with a visual analog scale score of 5. It was believed by most of the participants that a good physical exercise in the morning helps from preventing such professional-induced musculoskeletal disorders. Conclusion: Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, due to their unique work, are more prone to muscle imbalances, and hence ergonomic interventions are essential to maintain optimal health during the course of their professional career.


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