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    5 steps to a pain-free dental career

    These essential steps can be invaluable to preventing pain and ensuring career longevity.

    Pain is not a necessary by-product of dentistry — you can reduce or eliminate your pain with evidence-based interventions.  

    Woman with back painEffectively resolving work-related pain in dentistry requires correctly identifying the risk factors and then targeting those risk factors with specific, evidence-based interventions. Due to the multi-factorial nature of work-related pain, rarely does a single intervention (i.e. purchasing a new set of loupes, strength training, etc.) permanently resolve pain issues.

    Related reading: 5 ergonomics tips that could save your career 

    It is also important to know the proper sequence in which to implement the interventions. Here are my five steps to wellness in dentistry to help you work with less pain, improve your quality of life and extend your career.

    Continue to the next page to check out the five steps.

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    Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS
    Dr. Bethany Valachi, PT, MS, CEAS is DPR’s ergonomics editor and author of the book,“Practice Dentistry Pain-Free” and clinical ...

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