Ergonomics, Wellness and Efficiancy for the Entire Dental Team

Saturday, April 23

9 AM - 12:30 PM

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX

About the Course

Dentistry is a mix of engineering, ergonomics, art and acrobatics. Many practitioners have made many updates and adjustments to their practices. Despite those, many professionals have no added improvements to their self-awareness and self-care. As a result, there continues to be a high incidence and prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in the dental community. This presentation will provide an overview to the state of dental practice and share several strategies to counteract the trauma of dental practice on the practitioner. Please come, listen and share your story while taking home some invaluable tips for a more efficient, comfortable practice.

The morning session will enable participants to:
•Define the terms posture, body mechanics and ergonomics
•Discuss musculoskeletal disorders, cumulative trauma and pain
•Identify optimal, balanced working postures
•Discuss the characteristics of operator/assistance stools, patient chairs, office design and optimal function.
•Discuss lighting, magnification, instrumentation and technique.
•Identify activities, techniques and prevention strategies to reduce stress in the operatory.


Timothy Caruso, PT, MBA, MS, Caert.MDT, CEAS

Timothy J. Caruso has been a practicing Physical Therapist for more than 30 years, focusing his expertise in the area of manual therapy, orthopedics and ergonomics. He continues with direct patient care at Marklund Wasmond Center in Elgin, Illinois, as well as Community Physical Therapy in Addison, Illinois. Tim has worked extensively with dental profession since 1988 in the areas of ergonomics, injury prevention, productivity, exercise and wellness. He balances his profession career between pediatric and adult populations with orthopedic conditions. He is president and co-founder of the Kids Equipment Network Children’s NFP, which for more than 16 years has provided adaptive equipment at no cost to more than 2,500 children with special needs. He is a member of the American Dental Association Dental Wellness Advisory Committee and FDI Health and Safety in the Dental Workplace Task Team.

Conflict of Interest:
Physical Therapist: Private Practice Community Physical Therapy, Marklund Wasmond Center
Former Senior Physical Therapist: Shriners Hospital, Chair Ergonomics Committee
President & Co-founder: Kids Equipment Network NFP Children’s
Member: American Dental Association Dental Wellness Advisory Committee; American Physical Therapy Association, Illinois Physical Therapy Association, McKenzie Institute
Former Rehab Sales Specialist: Invacare Corporation
In-kind payment from: Brewer Co., Posture Perfect Solutions, RGP Dental, Crown Seating, Dental Ez, Hu Friedy Co., ADEC Inc., Hagar International, Inc., BQ Ergonomics, LLC, Surgitel Inc.
Scientific consultant to: Hu Friedy Co., KAVO USA, Ergo Links, Dental Practice Report, Dental Ez, Surgitel, Crown Seating, The Next DDS, Posture Perfect Solutions, Osteogenesis lmperfecta Foundation
Paid consultant to: Pelton Crane Inc., Surgitel/Dental Learning Inc.

Timothy Caruso, PT, MBA, MS, Caert.MDT, CEAS