Stretches for Dentists’ Aches and Pains

As a dentistry student or new dentist, you place physical strain on certain parts of your body when delivering patient care. The positions and repetitive motions of dentists make them susceptible to disability or injury that is temporary or permanent.  Dentists’ common aches and pains involve their back, neck, shoulders, wrists and hands.1  

So, what can you do to deal with the aches and pains that come with being a dentist? We interviewed Dr. Uche Odiatu, dentist, author, speaker and certified Personal Trainer, about stretches you can incorporate into your daily routine before stepping into, and during, your clinic.

The primary cause of musculoskeletal disorders in dentists is due to the prolonged static posture (PSP): the most common dental posture being seated with a forward lean, lateral neck flexion with rotation arm abducted.1


Reasons for early retirement among dentists2

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) 29.5%
  • Cardiovascular Disease 21.2%
  • Psychological  Symptoms 16.5%
  • Tumors  7.6%
  • Diseases of the nervous system 6.1%


1Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Impacts on the Dental Profession

2The hidden pains of dentistry ergonomics

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