Lower quadrant dysfunctions among dentists - Prevalence and risk factors

Parul Raj Agrawal, N. Girish

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Background: The prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints in dentists is high although relatively few studies had focus in this profession. Various studies have been done to record stress levels and self-perceived health and health-related behaviors of dentists in other countries but limited data are available among the Indian dentists indicating the need to evaluate the same. Aim of this study was to find out the prevalence of lower quadrant dysfunctions among dentist and to investigate the risk factors for musculoskeletal complaints. Methodology: It was a cross-sectional study. A questionnaire interview was carried out among 85 dentists of Manipal, Karnataka, India. Questions include data on physical workload, perceived general health and the occurrence of musculoskeletal complaints pertaining to lower quadrant in the past 12 months, and various physical risk factors at the workplace. Statistical Analysis: Results were analyzed using descriptive statistics Results: Among all the area low-back pain (LBP) was the most prevalent musculoskeletal complaint, reported by 68% of the subjects followed by knee - 35%, foot and heel - 26%. Conclusions: Prevalence of Lower quadrant dysfunctions among dentist was 33%. The physical load, awkward posture and lack of physical activity among dentists seem to put them at risk for the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders. Clinical Relevance: Identification of the risk factors may allow us to do a focused intervention in preventing these work-related musculoskeletal symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1350021
JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 12-2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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