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Vol. 10, Special Issue 8 (2021)

Ergonomic risk assessment of musculoskeletal discomfort among dental practitioners of Uttarakhand

Garima Pant and Deepa Vinay
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most common occupational diseases among dentists. Dental work consists of static and demanding activities in which small instruments are repeatedly used. The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain, pain areas and risk factors associated with musculoskeletal pain among dental practitioners. To determine the prevalence and severity location of musculoskeletal pain, the Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire was administered among 80 dental practitioners. The majority of the respondents (72.5%) had experienced MS pain more than twice, while only 17.5 per cent experienced no musculoskeletal pain. According to the total discomfort score of Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaire, it can be concluded that dental practitioners felt discomfort mostly in the neck (27.22%), right shoulder (16.43%), left shoulder (14.45%), right wrist (6.99%), right upper arm (9.75%) and upper back (9.71%). There is an association between the Age, BMI and years of experience with the musculoskeletal pain experienced by dental practitioners. The prevalence of pain among dental practitioners could be reduced by ergonomic working environment, regular breaks, maintenance of health, and performing specific exercises designed to dental workers.
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How to cite this article:
Garima Pant and Deepa Vinay. Ergonomic risk assessment of musculoskeletal discomfort among dental practitioners of Uttarakhand. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2021; 10(8S): 793-799.

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