AyÅŸe MeÅŸe1*, Mustafa Zortuk2, Eylem Özdemir3, Süleyman AgüloÄŸlu4 and Ersin Uysal5
1Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey
2Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Mustafa Kemal University, Hatay, Turkey
3Oral Health Hospital, Mersin, Turkey
4Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Katip Çelebi University, İzmir, Turkey
5Computerized Technology, Vocational School, Dicle University, Diyarbakır, Turkey
Objectives: This study aimed to examine the frequency of musculoskeletal system disorders among dentists.
Methods: Total of 145 dentists actively practicing dentistry in Diyarbakir or neighboring provinces were given a questionnaire on their musculoskeletal system symptoms and working habits. Results: Findings showed that upper back pain (25.5%) or upper and lower back pain combined with neck pain (25.5%) were the most common type of complaints. However, gender, working position or help of an assistant did not have any significant effect on the frequency of symptoms. Conclusion: Within the limitations of this study, we suggest that dentists are suffering from a significant degree of musculoskeletal system disorders. To prevent occupational musculoskeletal complaints, dentists should minimize static muscular activity and increase variation in their working posture.
entistry; Musculoskeletal diseases; Occupational disease
Meşe A, Zortuk M, Özdemir E, Agüloğlu S, Uysal E. Musculoskeletal System Disorders among Dentists. J Dent Oral Biol. 2017; 2(19): 1112.