PDF: Ergonomics in Dentistry

Ergonomics in an applied science concerned with designing products and procedures for maximum effi ciency and safety. 

It is a scientifi c discipline that studies workers and their relationship to their occupational environment. Dentists and dental hygienists are at more risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as compared to general public because of their prolonged working hours and diffi cult postures. 

The most frequent injuries occur in spine, back, shoulders, elbows, and hands leading to many complex conditions such as Carpel tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. 

This paper is a review study of various studies and articles from around the world and identifi es the potential risks and hazards of MSDs and discuss various methods to minimize such risks.

Harsh Rajvanshi1, Kumar Anshul2, Maria Mali3, Shriya Sarin4, Ilham Zaidi5, Vishnu Ravi Kumar2
Intern, I.T.S Centre for Dental Studies and Research, Muradnagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, 
Intern, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India, 
House Offi cer, Department of Endodontics, Fatima Jinnah Dental College, Karachi, Pakistan, 
Postgraduate Student, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Science Centre, Fort Worth, USA, 
Student, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
International Journal of Scientifi c Study | September 2015 | Vol 3 | Issue 6

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