Three out of four dental professionals experience chronic neck and shoulder pain that can affect quality of life, productivity, or career longevity. Proper movement in the neck and shoulder is essential to the delivery of dental care and in performing everyday activities. Keys to success in preventing neck and shoulder injuries and pain include maintaining a neutral head posture, maintaining a neutral shoulder posture with the patient positioned at an appropriate height, using chairs with armrests, developing muscle endurance for specific neck and shoulder muscles, using indirect vision, using loupes or procedural microscopes, as well as taking frequent breaks and stretches.
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