Frank Martello, DDS: How PT Helped Me
In this video, Dr. Frank explains how back pain can affect dentists, surgeons and other professionals who lean over patients all day. Having a good relationship with a physical therapist and knowing the right stretches can help you develop the right strategies to protect your back and neck in the workplace.
Tips to help dentists practice without pain:
- Evaluate your work environment: desk, treatment chairs, equipment. There are many modifications that can be made to help you work smarter without pain.
- Regular stretching and strengthening exercises are a must! Stretch between each patient.
- Use eye magnification at the proper focal length to manage your postures.
- Modify your patient’s position to help you maintain good posture.
If you already have pain, try these physical therapy interventions for relief:
- Joint and soft tissue mobilizations to reduce knots, cricks, and spasms.
- Dry needling to reduce trigger points and normalize movement patterns.
- Postural exercises.
- Ergonomic assessment.
If you or someone you love experiences back or neck pain, please talk to a physical therapist today! Living with pain is not the best solution!