Dentists might take note of the pain-relieving therapy used most by their colleagues in Thailand: massage. And massage therapists might use the information from a recent study to market massage to dentists in their areas.

Researchers set out to study the prevalence, impacts and treatments of musculoskeletal pain among dental personnel. They randomly sampled 390 participants working at a dental school, according to a report published on Via questionnaire, the participants reported their musculoskeletal pain as:

shoulder pain: 72.2 percent
neck pain: 70.3 percent
• low-back pain: 50.6 percent

The impacts of musculoskeletal pain included:

• usage of pain-relieving medication: 34.8 percent
• seeking medical evaluation: 32.3 percent
• reduction in working hours: 27.2 percent
• difficulty sleeping: 22.8 percent
• work absence: 10.8 percent

The treatments of musculoskeletal pain utilized to alleviate those impacts were:
• Thai traditional massage: 51.9 percent
• medication: 28.5 percent
• physical therapy: 15.8 percent
• acupuncture: 7.6 percent
• alternative medicine: 4.4 percent

The study was conducted by researchers in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, in Bangkok, and was published in the Journal of The Medical Association of Thailand.

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