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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 89-94

Ergonomics, posture and exercises - Painfree, prolong orthodontic career

Department of Orthodontics, Rama Dental College, Hospital and Research centre, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Avesh Sachan
Department of Orthodontics, Rama Dental College, Hospital and Research Centre, Kanpur - 208 024, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2321-3825.123318

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Orthodontists are exposed to several occupational hazards. Back and neck pain arising due to improper posture is very common in this community. The nature of work entails abnormal flexion of the lumber spine and subsequent loading on the inter-vertebral disks or extra tension in the spinous ligaments causing musculoskeletal disorders. Neck and shoulder, lower back, hand and wrist are the most commonly involved regions. Obtain an accurate diagnosis from a qualified healthcare provider. Early intervention is the key. Treatment may range from pain relief medications and rest to surgery and ergonomic interventions at work place and home. The current paper discusses etiology of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) preventive measures which can be incorporated to ensure a trouble free professional career.

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