Musculoskeletal pain among Minnesota dental hygienists.

J. B. Osborn, K. J. Newell, Joel D Rudney, J. L. Stoltenberg

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Using a 33-item questionnaire, this study was conducted to determine the nature and prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in dental hygienists, and its effects on clinical practice. An 89% response was obtained from a random sample of 493 dental hygienists. Results revealed that 68% of the respondents reported having musculoskeletal pain in eight body locations the previous year. In addition, a large percentage of dental hygienists with a preexisting condition reported having musculoskeletal pain. Thirty-four percent stated that musculoskeletal pain had affected their clinical practice--forcing them to practice fewer days, decreasing their endurance, reducing speed and quality, and/or altering operating positions. The findings suggest that particular locations of pain could be related to dental hygiene practice. Further research is indicated to clarify specific patient-operator positions contributing to musculoskeletal pain so that prevention and early treatment become possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of dental hygiene : JDH / American Dental Hygienists" Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990


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