Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-Pcol-00002684
Title: Awareness on the effects of ergonomics interventions on work-related upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among undergraduate dental students
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the injuries and disorders affecting muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, join cartilage, or spinal disc. It is the most important work-related problems currently reported. Dentists are the most common worker more often susceptible to MSDs. They are subjected to many pathological disorders such as tendinitis, synovitis, tenosynovitis, and bursitis. Hence, the objective of this study is to study the awareness of MSDs among undergraduate dental students. Materials and Methods: This is a questionnaire-based study conducted among 100 undergraduate dental students of Saveetha Dental College. It consist of questions regarding the musculoskeletal status of the participants and their knowledge regarding ergonomics and its practice. Results: In this study, 95% of the students are aware of the incidence of musculoskeletal pain among dental practitioners, and 73% of the students have been affected by musculoskeletal pain. The common sites which they have affected were neck (82%), back (72%), shoulder (62%), and few with arm (34%), hands (31%), and legs (3%). Of 73 students, about 45% of the students used physiotheraphy, 14% of the students used home remedies, and 20% of the students used drugs to relieve their pain, while the rest (45%) did nothing to relieve their pain. Of 100, 77% of the students are aware of the ergonomics in dental practice and 72% reported that their pain got reduced by following ergonomics. Only 38% of the students prefer to use mouth mirror to get direct view. Only 39% of the students are aware of the symptoms caused by the musculoskeletal pain. Only 26% of the students are aware of the ergonomics procedures to be followed. Conclusion: This study shows that most of the students are not aware of the ergonomics and their effect in musculoskeletal pain. Most of the students are affected by the pain due to their lack of knowledge in ergonomics. The prevention and reduction of MSDs among dentists should include their education in dental ergonomics and awareness regarding the importance of work-related risk factors.

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    V. J. Oviya, Thenmozhi M S*

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    Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Thenmozhi M S, Department of Anatomy, Saveetha Dental College and Hospital, Saveetha University, 162, Poonamalle High Road, Velappanchavadi, Chennai - 600 095, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    V. J. Oviya, Thenmozhi M S*

    Title:Awareness on the effects of ergonomics interventions on work-related upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among undergraduate dental students
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):10 (December)
    Year:2018
    Page No: (2531-2535)
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    Methodology:Dentistry, Ergonomics, Injuries, Musculoskeletal disorders, Work-related disorders
    Research Materials:100 undergraduate dental students

Keywords

Dentistry Ergonomics Injuries Musculoskeletal disorders Work-related disorders

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