How Lower Back Pain Affects Dentists and Other Physicians
We’ve all heard about the risks of sitting at a desk for prolonged periods of time without getting up and stretching. But what about dentists and other physicians who have to sit, stand, bend and twist constantly throughout the day? Almost every dentist will experience back pain at some point in their career. And unfortunately, many of them will have to deal with long term back pain that affects their quality of life outside of their job. With the daily grind dentists and physicians go through on a daily basis, back pain often gets ignored until it gets to the point where they simply can’t deal with it anymore. Here are the major impacts and consequences dentists deal with regarding lower back pain.
Back Pain Can Force Dentists and Physicians Into Early Retirement
Poor posture is one of the main reasons why dentists and physicians experience long term back pain. The nature of the job involves putting themselves in awkward positions at times. This is one of the reasons why dentists today use loupes to help them see what they need to see without bending forward too much. Saddle chairs are also becoming more popular in dentist offices, since they are angled in a way to reduce the amount of stress placed on the back. It’s not uncommon for dentists and physicians to have to end their career prematurely due to back pain, but the good news is there is a higher awareness today than ever before.
Dentist and Physicians Should Never Ignore Back Pain
Even the slightest amount of back pain likely won’t simply subside over time for dentists and physicians. When you have to constantly make the same bending and twisting motion, any tweak or injury will very likely get worse. Sometimes lower back stretches between appointments can help work out any kink in the back and get you through the day. However, if these stretches lead to more pain or don’t help at all, then visiting a spine care center may be your next best option.
Best Practices For Managing Back Health
Dentists and other physicians have to pay attention to their spine health, as difficult as it may be. This may include having to set aside 10-15 minutes every morning and afternoon to do lower back stretches, or having a professional come to your office periodically to help manage your spine health. All physicians are extremely busy, but taking the time to focus on your back health will help you get through your day much easier.
DBC Active Spine Care® works with dentists and physicians every day to help prevent long term back pain. Whether you have minor back discomfort or if you’ve had to take time off of work because you simply couldn’t push through the pain, we are here to make the pain much more manageable. Our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to get you back on your feet without having to deal with any pain in the short-term or long-term. To learn more about how our program works, contact us today for a consultation.