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Dental Ergonomics: How to Minimize Pain and Extend Your Career

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March 27, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

Numerous studies have been conducted worldwide showing there is a high incidence rate for musculoskeletal disorders among dentists, dental hygienists and dental students. A systematic review of data suggested that the prevalence of general musculoskeletal pain ranges between 64% and 95%. The most prevalent regions for pain in dentists were the back and neck, while the hand and wrist regions were the most prevalent regions for dental hygienists. Studies have shown one of the most frequent causes of premature retirement among dentists is musculoskeletal disorders.

This course will teach you how to identify the risk factors, as well as the signs and symptoms of common musculoskeletal disorders that occur among dental professionals. Ergonomic strategies on how to minimize pain and discomfort, as well as stretching and strengthening exercises will be discussed. Participants will be able to incorporate the information learned from this course into their daily practice.

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You Will Learn

  • To identify the risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals
  • To identify the most common musculoskeletal disorders that affect dental professionals
  • To demonstrate and describe proper postures, techniques and practices that will minimize the chance to develop musculoskeletal disorders
  • To perform exercises that will help ease pain and discomfort caused by dental work

Who Should Attend

All dentists and allied dental professionals are encouraged to attend this informative program.

Tuition: $75 (includes light sandwich supper)
Program: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Check-in: 5:30 pm
This activity is designated for 2 units of continuing education credit.


Tiffany Tang, OTD, MBA, OTR, is a practicing occupational therapist at California Pacific Medical Center, with 25 years of clinical experience, specializing in orthopedic upper extremity rehabilitation and ergonomics. She earned her doctorate in occupational therapy and is a certified hand therapist and ergonomic assessment specialist, providing ergonomic consultations to Bay Area companies. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Pacific.

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