Original Article

Musculoskeletal disorders among dentists and dental students in West Sumatera, Indonesia

Abu Bakar, Rifani Rifani, Valendriyani Ningrum , Shih C. Lee

Abu Bakar
Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Baiturrahmah, Padang, Indonesia Department of Biotechnology, Dayeh University, Changhua, Taiwan

Rifani Rifani
Department of Oral Medicine, Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Baiturrahmah, Padang, Indonesia

Valendriyani Ningrum
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Faculty of Dentistry, Universitas Baiturrahmah, Padang, Indonesia. Email: valend888@gmail.com

Shih C. Lee
Department of Biotechnology, Dayeh University, Changhua, Taiwan
Online First: August 01, 2019 | Cite this Article
Bakar, A., Rifani, R., Ningrum, V., Lee, S. 2019. Musculoskeletal disorders among dentists and dental students in West Sumatera, Indonesia. Journal of Dentomaxillofacial Science 4(2): 92-95. DOI:10.15562/jdmfs.v4i2.921


Objectives: The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in dentist and dental students in West Sumatera.

Materials and Methods: The study design was cross-sectional with 261 samples by using total sampling technique. The instrument was Nordic Body Map (NBM) questionnaire and Cornell Musculoskeletal Discomfort Questionnaires (CMDQ).

Results: Some anatomical body parts were indicated to have a high prevalence in experiencing musculoskeletal disorders. They were waist (55%), right shoulder (49%), upper neck (48%), right wrist (45%), and lower neck (42%), respectively. The quality of the pain was varied.

Conclusion: The high prevalence of MSDs may cause by static postures and the big force needed by certain body parts during the dental treatment. 

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