142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in Dental students

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Artênio José Ísper Garbin , Araçatuba Dental School, Sao Paulo State University UNESP, Araçatuba
Renata Santos , Univ. Estadual Paulista, Araçatuba, Brazil
Gabriella Soares , Social and Preventive Dentistry, Araçatuba Dental School- UNESP, Araçatuba, Brazil
Tânia Adas Saliba Rovida , Araçatuba Dental School, Sao Paulo State University UNESP, Araçatuba
Cléa Adas Saliba Garbin , Araçatuba Dental School, 248295, Araçatuba/SP, Brazil
The aim of this study was to verify the prevalence of pain symptom in Dental Students, their life habits and the use of drugs. Deal with a cross-sectional analytical study, performed over 3 months, with sample composed by 247 Dental Students. Data were collected using a self-applied instrument which had the follow social and demographic variables; variables concerning the habits; the use of drugs; and disciplines concluded. Besides, the musculoskeletal disorders were evaluated using Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. Among the studied students, 156 (63.15%) were women, the age average was 22 years, the majority of total reported to practice some physical activity (60.32%). The majority of participants (68.62%) did not have harmful habits but practiced physical activities (60.57%). The presence of pain during the last 12 months was observed in 205 participants (83.0%), and among them, 88 (42.93%) practiced the self-medication with analgesics and anti-inflammatories. More the half of interviewed people pointed the presence of neck pain (51.8%) and inferior part of back pain (50.6%) over the last 12 months, while less than half of participants reported pain in superior part of back (49.4%) and wrists/hands (38.4%). Musculoskeletal pain in inferior extremities of body, were reported by less than 30% of interviewed people. Few of them search for counseling of doctor or treatment for a musculoskeletal disorder over than 12 months (10.9%)The high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain was observed in dental students, although they use to practice physical activity regularly and they use to have no harmful habit.

Learning Areas:

Biostatistics, economics
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
Evaluate the factors which influence on presence of musculoskeletal pain

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content because i participated of all steps of the research. And among my scientific interests has been the Occupational Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.