Neck and Low Back Pain Are Common in Future Dentists

Among a group of 73 dental students whom researchers monitored during their time in dental school, 61.6% developed neck pain and 49.3% experienced low back pain. Interestingly, the risk for low back pain leveled off by their second year, while the risk for neck pain increased throughout their time in dental school. Past research has attributed working for prolonged periods of time in awkward postures as a significant risk factor for musculoskeletal pain in dental students and dentists. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, July 2022

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