In most cases slowly moving the dental chair back in short increments will allow you to get back into the position that the dentist needs you to be in rather than trying to do it all at once. Indeed research has shown that approximately 40 of dentists experience some form of back and or neck pain.
Whilst most episodes of back pain clear up relatively quickly some dentists will get persistent back pain that can eventually require them to reduce their work hours and in the worst case scenario lead to early retirement.
Dental chair back pain. Traditional dental operator chairs cause the spine to curve into a c shape placing strain on the lower back figure 1. I am a dental hygienist who has been practicing only 4 years and i have severe back pain. The chronic back pain from dentistry usually comes from lactic acid building up in you back muscle just like the chronic lactic acid pain from myofacial pain can be caused by poor occlusion.
The traditional ironing board back dental patient chairs such as manufactured by dentalez are best for sliding closer to the patient and minimizing forward lean and tilt. Occupational back pain factsheet. This causes stress to be placed on the lower back the spine s weakest area.
Can you ask if anyone has tried a saddle stool or any other type of ergonomic friendly chair that has helped their back. Equip your practice with high quality comfortable dental chairs when you shop at dental planet. Prior to the 1950s it was common for the dental chair to be in an upright position with the clinician standing up.
Shoulders and lower back pain symptoms were the most frequently reported complaints followed by neck problems. Chairs with a tilting seat feature open the hip angle to about 110 degrees saddle style stools open to about 135 degrees which maintains the low back curve decreases disc pressure enables closer positioning to the patient and helps reduce low back pain. If a pain medication or muscle relaxant is needed then ask your primary care provider or dentist for a prescription to take beforehand.
Maintaining this essential low back curve also places the spinal curves above it in a more balanced posture minimizing strain on the other spinal discs muscles and ligaments. The thicker backed chairs push the operator farther away from the oral cavity and thus require more forward lean or tilt from the operator resulting in more torque and more muscular exertion. Be sure to take any medication regularly without skipping a dose the morning of your dental appointment.
Compared to other professionals dentists have a higher incidence of back pain. I too had this back pain problem earlier in my dental career and fussed with it until i decided to do something about it. Our collection features an excellent selection of examination chairs oral surgery chairs and other essential dental chairs for sale at affordable prices with options for dentists orthodontists endodontists and more there s something for every practice in this collection.
Unfortunately most dental chairs due to their design still allow the practitioner to lean forward while rendering treatment. Together research results show that back disorders are relatively commonplace among dentists and surgeons and this problem relates to their working postures equipment design and duration of working.