WORK RELATED NECK PAIN AMONG THE DENTISTS WORKING IN ISLAMABAD & RAWALPINDI; A CROSS-SECTIONAL SURVEY
INTRODUCTION: Work related neck pain is common among different professionals, dentists being one of those. They often suffer from neck related issues mainly because of the postures they adapt while performing dental procedures. Symptoms may vary from slight ache to debilitating pain. There could be numbness, tingling or weakness in the arm and hands as well.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of work related neck pain in dentists of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
METHODOLOGY: This study was a cross-sectional survey conducted in the different health care centres of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, with an approximately sample of 385. The study was conducted in the duration of 6 months and Neck Disability Index (NDI) was used to report the neck pain among the dentists.
RESULTS: The NDI score showed that 44.7% of the dentists showed mild disability and 33.8% dentist showed moderate disability subsequently showing total (MeanÂ±SD) 2.28Â±0.80.
CONCLUSION: Approximately half of the dental population have mild disability of neck, whereas upper cervical region gets more effected then other segments.
KEY WORDS: Dentist, Neck Disability Index, Musculoskeletal Disorders & World Health Organization.
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