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What Causes Hip Pain in Dentistry?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Hip pain among dental professionals can be due to a number of factors, however one of the most common is piriformis syndrome.  Piriformis syndrome is more prevalent among women than men, and occupations that involve prolonged sitting, such as dentistry, may place women at a higher risk for hip pain than other Read the full article…

Trigger Point Self-Treatment Video

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Trigger points are a common etiology of pain among dental professionals.  You can learn to self-treat painful trigger points with a Backnobber tool. Following is an excerpt from Dr. Valachi’s CE Video Course:“Chairside Stretching & Trigger Point Therapy”. You can earn 2 CEUs with this online course, while you resolve pain and work Read the full article…

Chairside Stretching in the Dental Operatory

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Prolonged, awkward postures are the greatest culprits for the demise of dentist’s musculoskeletal health1.  Sustained muscle contractions can cause painful muscle ischemia and the development of “tender spots”, or trigger points in muscles2.  Even in “perfect” seated posture, more than half of the muscles in your body are in a sustained contraction.  Read the full article…

Wrist Pain among Dental Professionals

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- In dentistry, two of the most commonly reported pain syndromes of the wrist occur in nearly the same area.  Easily confused, but of entirely different origin, deQuervain’s disease is a painful inflammation of the tendons in the thumb, whereas osteoarthritis (OA) of the thumb is a degenerative joint process. Both appear frequently Read the full article…

5 Steps to Practicing Dentistry Pain-Free

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Pain is not a necessary by-product of dentistry.  You can reduce or eliminate your pain with targeted, evidence-based interventions! Unfortunately, most dental and hygiene schools do not teach evidence-based ergonomics and wellness strategies.  To make matters worse, the dental continuing education system is flooded with outdated, hand-me-down ergonomic education and inaccurate, sponsor-driven education Read the full article…

Is Your Dental Delivery System Delivering Pain?

-Dr. Bethany Valachi- Manufacturers frequently tout the esthetic and productivity features of different delivery systems, however the way the system is used and adjusted can either benefit or worsen your health.  Here, I highlight the most common ergonomic challenges with delivery system and easy resolutions!  Rear-Delivery Systems Rear-delivery systems work best when true four-handed dentistry Read the full article…

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