Muscular pain among dentists - a pilot study / Faezah Sabirin, Siti Sarah Abdul Ahmad and W. Zahira Akmal W. Kamarudin

Sabirin, Faezah and Abdul Ahmad, Siti Sarah and W. Kamarudin, W. Zahira Akmal (2015) Muscular pain among dentists - a pilot study / Faezah Sabirin, Siti Sarah Abdul Ahmad and W. Zahira Akmal W. Kamarudin. Compendium of Oral Science (Compend. Oral Sci.), 1. pp. 32-39. ISSN 2489-1102


Background: Muscular pain is the most common symptom associated to muscular skeletal disorders (MSDs). Dentists were exposed to ergonomic hazards while treating the patients. Without proper dental ergonomics, they are predisposed to the MSDs. Objective: This present study was designed to analyse the prevalence of muscular pain among practising dentists in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and it relatedness to ergonomic factors. Methodology: A total of 25 dentists were participated in this pilot study. The inclusion criteria include working experience of at least six months and those who were readily diagnosed with musculoskeletal disorders were excluded. A self-administered questionaire was employed to gather demogaphic informations and close ended ("yes" or "no") questions were asked to assess the muscular pain experienced in the last 12 months. The collected data were then analysed statistically. Result: The result showed a 100% response rate. 92% of the respondents were reported to experience muscular pain, particularly on the upper body parts. Only maintenance of same postures without microbreaks and performing torsions or cervical flexions to improve vision of oral cavity correlate significantly (P<0.05) to the presence of muscular pain that respondent experienced. However, age, nature of work and high woking hours per weeek does not correlate to the muscular pain. Conclusion: The prevalence of muscular pain among dentists in UiTM is high which indirectly suggested the lack of dental ergonomic awareness and practice in their routine at work.


Item Type: Article
CreatorsID Num. / Email
Sabirin, FaezahUNSPECIFIED
Abdul Ahmad, Siti SarahUNSPECIFIED
W. Kamarudin, W. Zahira AkmalUNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Dentistry
Journal or Publication Title: Compendium of Oral Science (Compend. Oral Sci.)
Journal: ?? compendoralsci ??
ISSN: 2489-1102
Volume: 1
Page Range: pp. 32-39
Item ID: 18344
Uncontrolled Keywords: Muscular pain; Dentists; Muscular skeletal disorders


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