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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 40-45

An overview of ergonomics in dentistry

Department of Public Health Dentistry, DYPU School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Sheiba Ronald Gomes
Professor, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijohr.ijohr_8_19

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Ergonomics is a branch of applied science pertaining to the design and application of products and procedures for safety and maximum productivity. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or cumulative trauma disorders are disorders that affect the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilages, joints, and spinal discs. These are caused due to repetitive movements, excessive application of force, and incorrect posture and hence are the most common occupational hazard among the dental professionals. This review article is an overview of various articles and studies conducted that analyze the prevalence, risk factors, signs and symptoms of MSDs, and also describe ergonomic methods, procedures, and practices to prevent and palliate the symptoms of MSDs.

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