Speakers: Lancette VanGuilder, RDH, BS and Ward VanGuilder, MA, PT, CIMT
Program Track: Clinical Practice
Course Description: Dental professionals continue to be at the highest risk for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) due to maintaining awkward prolonged positions and placing undue stress on their bodies. Frequently, the common areas discussed in ergonomic courses are those related to the upper body. But in fact, the abnormal postures and seating positions can affect the hips, legs, and the feet/ankles, causing issues at work and play. This physical therapist- dental hygienist duo will provide important knowledge on common lower body injuries that the dental professional may encounter and more importantly, provide prevention strategies to keep you working pain-free. Participants can practice exercises/stretches and also try out various dental equipment that may help promote optimal musculoskeletal health.
- Provide full body anatomical overview, with emphasis on the lower body.
- Explain contributing factors for MSD.
- Review common MSD and how they can affect other joints in the chain.
- Provide prevention and early intervention strategies for the dental professional.
- Demonstrate dental instruments, equipment and adjuncts that may improve efficiency, enhance patient outcomes and assist with musculoskeletal health.
CE Credit Hours: 2.0
Original Date of Session: 21 June 2019
The American Dental Hygienists' Association is designated as an approved provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHADH (Jan. 1, 2021–Dec. 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association is an approved provider of dental continuing education as recognized by the Dental Board of California, Provider #5238.