Muhammad Salman Rashid, Qurat Ul Ain Manzoor, Irsam Haider, Aroosa Ashraf, Uzma Jabbar Khan, Nighat Shafi
Aim: To analyze prevalence of cervical spondylitis
among dentists practicing in Lahore.
Methods: A cross sectional survey of 6 months was
conducted on 110 dentists practicing in dental clinics of Lahore were examined using
neck disability index performa. SPSS Version 24 used for entering/analyzing the
Results: In 110 individuals,22%
dentists including males (n=19%) and females (n=24.2%) were suffering from
cervical spondylitis. According to neck disability index 34.5% had no
disability, 47.2% had mild, 10.9% had moderate, 5.4% had severe disability and
only 1.9% had complete disability. The major number (30%) was among 41-50years,
and also statistically significant difference was observed (p-value = 0.02).
Similarly maximum number of cervical spondylitis was found among females, 15(24.2%)
but statistically insignificant difference was observed with respect to gender (p-value
= 0.493). Longer practicing experience had also significant impact on the
occurrence of spondylitis (p-value <0.001).
Conclusion: Dentists are likely to have neck pain
prevalent in them and very few had cervical spondylitis (22%) but the damage
could be reduced if postural changes and regular exercises could be adapted.