How Much Do You Know About Musculoskeletal Disorders?
Dental hygienists should learn to recognize the common signs and symptoms associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Better awareness of these problems and their treatments may result in improved long-term outcomes. Read on to test your knowledge on musculoskeletal disorders.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, work-related musculoskeletal disorders are common and may result in pain, limited motion, and weakness in the spine and extremities.
Dental hygienists are particularly susceptible to pain in which areas?
Studies suggest that the psychological stress experienced by dental hygienists is unrelated to musculoskeletal symptoms.
Research has demonstrated that individuals who seek early intervention for musculoskeletal pain are eight times less likely to develop chronic pain.
Muscle pain, or myalgia, can vary from mild aches to severe, incapacitating muscle spasms.
Bursitis occurs when there is inflammation of the muscle tendon, or the muscle’s attachment to the bone.
Dental hygienists whose pain, stiffness, or inflammation persists for more than a week should seek formal intervention.
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