Townie® Poll

Ergonomics

Poll conducted from 7/15/2008 To 8/15/2008

Have you experienced hand, wrist or shoulder pain associated with dental hygiene work?
223 total votes
90%
a. Yes
10%
b. No
Have you experienced back or neck pain associated with dental hygiene work?
195 total votes
88%
a. Yes
12%
b. No
Have you been diagnosed with carpel tunnel problems?
193 total votes
14%
a. Yes
86%
b. No
Have you had surgery for carpel tunnel problems?
194 total votes
7%
a. Yes
93%
b. No
Do you stretch and do exercises during the workday?
195 total votes
35%
a. Yes
15%
b. No
50%
c. I mean to but often forget
Do you use an operator chair with arm rests?
192 total votes
5%
a. Yes
95%
b. No
Is your operator stool adjustable?
192 total votes
86%
a. Yes, up and down only
1%
b. Yes, up and down and arm rests
7%
c. Yes, up and down, arm rests, and back
6%
d. No, it is not adjustable
While working, where are your forearms?
192 total votes
35%
a. Parallel to the ground
47%
b. Slanted slightly upward
17%
c. Slanted slightly downward
What is your seated position?
192 total votes
61%
a. Thighs parallel to the floor
37%
b. Hips higher than thighs
2%
c. Knees higher than hips
Where is your seating position primarily?
192 total votes
78%
a. From the side of the patient
1%
b. Facing the patient
21%
c. From the back of the patient
Do you need to perch on the edge of your chair to work?
190 total votes
52%
a. Sometime
19%
b. Often
29%
c. Never
What is the delivery system for your operatory?
191 total votes
28%
a. Rear delivery
58%
b. Side deliver
14%
c. Over the patient delivery
What is the delivery system for your operatory?
186 total votes
30%
a. Rear delivery
58%
b. Side deliver
13%
c. Over the patient delivery
Do you notice reaching or twisting in uncomfortable positions?
192 total votes
42%
a. Everyday
51%
b. Occasionally
7%
c. Never
Do you ever work standing up?
192 total votes
1%
a. With all my patients
70%
b. Occasionally
2%
c. Some with each patient
3%
d. Some each day
24%
e. Never
Does wearing loupes while working reduce your back and neck pain?
194 total votes
35%
a. Yes
14%
b. No
51%
c. I don't wear loupes
Have you ever purchased your own loupes, light or operator chair?
195 total votes
38%
a. Yes
62%
b. No

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