Work related musculoskeletal disorders in dentistry are 100% preventable.
I know what you're thinking. You are thinking, Juanita, come on....if that is really true, why are 90% of dental students reporting pain while they are still in school. Why is ill health cited in 67% of dentists who retire prematurely? Why would dentists give up $1-$3 million dollars in lifetime revenue? Why would all of these things happen if it was preventable...that's just crazy.
I agree. It is crazy. In fact, I would say it is a terrible tragedy. Learning how to practice dentistry safely should be the number one priority of dental education programs. CE courses on safe practice should be standing room only! Not only would it make a huge difference in the statistics in the previous paragraph, it would improve the quality of lives of hundreds of thousands of dental professionals.
In order to practice safely and without pain, you MUST understand that your body is your number one investment, not your equipment, retirement funds, or houses. There is only one you and the world needs you to be healthy. Take the time to learn how to practice safely and enjoy the benefits throughout the rest of your life.
Be Healthy and Practice Safely!