pain prevention

5 ergonomics tips that could save your careerThe bottom line: Ergonomics could save your career. As such, we compiled a list of the top five ergonomics articles that we feel all dental professionals should read.
Are right angles... wrong?
Are right angles... wrong?For years, sitting with your hips at a 90-degree angle was thought to be ideal. But research suggests otherwise.
Why poor posture can be a real pain in the neck
Why poor posture can be a real pain in the neckOne of the biggest dangers for dentists is strain caused by awkward positioning, so we take a look at how to combat injury.
Top 10 DPR web articles of 2016DPR presents a list of the top 10 most popular articles from 2016.
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?
Are dental loupes improving or worsening your neck health?Selecting the correct loupes can make a big difference for your health.
How to optimize and "ergonomize" your front office
How to optimize and "ergonomize" your front officeErgonomic challenges in the front office rivals can often rival those in the dental operatory! Just as in many dental operatory scenarios, you don’t have to break the bank to ‘ergonomize’ your front office. Here are the top problems I encounter in dental front offices and easy, economical fixes.
Demystifying pain among women in dentistry
Demystifying pain among women in dentistryThe percentage of women pulling up chairside in the operatory is increasing. And studies show that women in dentistry experience a higher frequency and severity of pain than their male counterparts, with the thumbs, hands, hips, neck, and shoulder being particularly problematic.
New research discovers way to eliminate needles for dental anesthetic
New research discovers way to eliminate needles for dental anestheticA new study from the University of São Paulo found that there might be no need for needles when administering anesthetic for dental procedures.
Why all exercise is not necessarily good exercise for dentists
Why all exercise is not necessarily good exercise for dentistsImagine hiring a personal trainer, participating in a CrossFit program or simply trying a new gym machine to help improve your musculoskeletal health, only to end up in more pain than when you started! Unfortunately, I hear numerous accounts of this occurring among dentists. Most healthcare professionals do not realize that dentists are predisposed to unique muscle imbalances—certain generic exercises, that are not a problem for the general population, can throw the dentist into a vicious pain cycle.