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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 356-361
Assessment of ergonomics to study the correlation between physical and psychological factors with prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in practicing dentists


1 Department of Oral Pathology, D.Y. Patil Dental College, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of General Pathology, D.Y. Patil Medical College, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Treville Pereira
Department of Oral Pathology, D.Y. Patil Dental College, D.Y. Patil University, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_235_21

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Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders are very commonly seen in dentists. These disorders can hinder their clinical practice and at times results in severe complications leading to an early retirement. Aim: The aim of this study is to find a correlation between physical and psychological factors with the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in practicing dentists. This study is a culmination of two fields of medicine, physiotherapy and dentistry, thus proving to be of significant value in terms of interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. Materials and Methods: The sample size consisted of 50 dentists. It was an observational cross-sectional study with a questionnaire divided into three sections. Inclusion and exclusion criteria includes Section 1 - Demographic data and basic questions related to the aim of the study. Section 2 - Cornell Musculoskeletal Disorder Questionnaire. Section 3 - General Health Questionnaire-12 for assessment of psychological stress. Results: Wrong posture, existing physical illness, lack of exercise and increases levels of psychological stress increase the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders. This study could be used to implement better treatment options to dentists suffering from musculoskeletal disorders considering both physical and mental factors. Conclusion: It is very important to increase the awareness of ergonomics and the influence of psychological stress in practicing dentists so that they can avoid these disorders and provide a high-quality treatment to their patients without any hindrance in their professional careers due to these disorders.


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