Good Ergonomics Saved His Back—and His Practice

As Dr. Keith Henderson will attest, the practice of dentistry doesn’t lend itself to good posture. From the time he was a dental student, he was feeling the aches and pains in his neck, shoulder and back. After only a few years in his own practice, the pain and strain were starting to have a detrimental impact on his life outside of the office.

Musculoskeletal disorders are the leading cause of early retirement among dentists—and Dr. Henderson was seriously considering a career change, even though he loved dentistry. Fortunately, he found a solution that literally saved his career (not to mention his back!).

Hear Dr. Henderson’s story in this short video.

Considering that a typical dentist works some 60,000 hours over the course of a career, having ergonomic dental equipment is essential for enabling you to practice longer, more comfortably, and with less fatigue at the end of each day.

  • Dental chairs with an ultra-thin backrest give you optimal access to the patient and enable you to work in an ergonomic position (legs under patient, elbows at your side). This position reduces back strain and fatigue.
  • Stools that encourage a healthy “athletic posture” allow you to work all day in comfort. A contoured backrest cradles and supports the spine, while a tilted design distributes weight from seat to feet for proper circulation.
  • Easily maneuverable lights with precise moment and full horizontal rotation effortlessly illuminate every angle, so you can keep your focus on the dental cavity without strain.

Another bonus? Ergonomic dental equipment not only enables you to work more comfortably throughout your career, it helps you to work more efficiently and offer a high level of clinical excellence.

By |2018-11-27T23:48:13+00:00November 27th, 2018|Ergonomics|

About the Author:

Kathy Rotramel, senior writer, has decades of writing experience with a strong focus on creating compelling content that resonates with readers. Rotramel has written many articles for the dental industry on topics including ergonomics, practice planning, efficiency, and dental office design.