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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 80-85
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.80.85
 
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Musculoskeletal Pain Reports among Mashhad Dental Students, Iran

Taraneh Movahhed, Behjatalmolook Ajami, Mostafa Soltani, Mohammad Taghi Shakeri and Mahboobe Dehghani

Abstract:
Dental practitioners are susceptible to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs). The symptoms may begin from education courses. The aim of this study was to assess prevalence of musculoskeletal pain reports and correlated factors among the Mashhad Dental School students, Iran. A total of 177 undergraduate and postgraduate dental students, who were involved in educational clinical training, completed a questionnaire focusing on pain reports of different body anatomical regions. Variables such as gender, academic grade, academic year, clinical working hour, regular exercise times and also pain characteristics including pain duration intensity and frequency were evaluated. As results 82% of undergraduate students and 90% of postgraduate students reported body pain in at least one region. The most prevalent pain locations were: chest/shoulder (46.9%), head/neck (41.8%), middle back (33.9%) and right hand (25.4%). Severity of reported pain was increased due to performing dental work, increased working stress and working fatigue. Regular exercise was associated with alleviated some pain characteristics. As conclusions musculoskeletal pain reports were highly prevalent among dental students. Attention to prevention of musculoskeletal disorders should be considered as priority in dental schools. For dental students exercise training courses for strengthening muscles of shoulder/chest, neck and back are necessary.
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Taraneh Movahhed, Behjatalmolook Ajami, Mostafa Soltani, Mohammad Taghi Shakeri and Mahboobe Dehghani, 2013. Musculoskeletal Pain Reports among Mashhad Dental Students, Iran. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 16: 80-85.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.80.85

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2013.80.85

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