Dental clinicians are at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Up to 96% of dental hygienists report pain due to clinical work habits, including repetitive movements, bending, twisting, reaching, incorrect operator and patient positioning, and a static posture. Ergonomics is the science of fitting the working environment to the practitioner, instead of forcing one’s body to acclimate to the environment. Practicing proper ergonomics can increase productivity, decrease pain, and lengthen one’s career. At the conclusion of this course, participants will learn ergonomic techniques, exercises, proper patient positioning, and equipment choices to allow them to practice pain free.
- Identify unique musculoskeletal disorders that affect dental professionals
- Assess ergonomic equipment to maintain proper positioning
- Review patient and operator positioning to improve ergonomics and reduce pain
STEPHANIE BOTTS, BSDH, RDH, CEAS, has been a full-time clinical dental hygienist for 13 years. She is a certified ergonomics assessment specialist providing in-office and virtual ergonomics consulting and coaching to dental professionals through her company, PosturePros. She also provides CE to dental and dental hygiene associations on the topic of ergonomics. Her experience as a clinical dental hygienist and ergonomics expert has allowed her to recognize the unique challenges of practicing pain free in the dental setting. Stephanie believes that dental professionals can practice pain free and ensure career longevity by learning effective strategies to optimize proper ergonomics both inside and outside the operatory.
Photo credit: 78346406 © Melpomenem | Dreamstime.com
QUICK ACCESS code 22050