By Brian J. Wilkinson, PT, DPT, CHT, CLT; Holly Erenfeld, RDH, EPDH, MDH; and Amy Coplen, RDH, EPDH, MS
About 96% of dental hygienists experience a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) at some point in their careers. While the severity and duration may vary, the ability to recognize the onset of a MSD and address early symptomology can help limit the possibility of developing a long-term, chronic condition. Although routine dental hygiene practice is associated with repetitive and sustained activities, evidence suggests that ergonomic equipment, optimal positioning, and corrective movements may alleviate the onset of a MSD.
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