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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.

     

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    2. Pick the right healthcare professional 

    If you have had persistent chronic pain for longer than six to eight weeks, you should probably consult a healthcare professional. So, who is the “right” healthcare professional? The first person most of us turn to when we are in pain is our primary care medical physicians. While physicians receive a tremendous amount of training in medical school, their schooling in therapeutic rehabilitation is quite limited. 

    Trending article: 5 ways to counteract neck pain in the dental practice

    However, many PCPs are making treatment decisions that can profoundly (and often negatively) impact your musculoskeletal health and career longevity. Consider requesting a referral to a specialist that specifically addresses the key etiologies of work-related pain in dentistry. For example, keep in mind that because one of the primary causes of pain in dentistry is muscle imbalance and tension, a chiropractic adjustment alone rarely permanently resolve neck pain. Look to the research, which shows that dry needling is the most effective therapy for neck pain! 

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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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