Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) in Dental Professionals and Assistants


Zoom Lecture - Tuesday, May 25, 2021 

Networking - 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Lecture: 7:00 p.m. - 8: 30 p.m. 

Price: FREE (No CE credit will be provided for this lecture)

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Meeting ID:  894 9736 0023




  • WRMSDs are common in dental personnel with an annual incidence of 66-87.2%
  • 30% of dentists retire early due to WRMSDs
  • Very costly in terms of direct care, loss of production, lost wages, recruitment, training, etc.
  • Current medical care for MSK conditions often does not follow established guidelines leading to more cost and disability mainly due to unnecessary diagnostics especially imaging, and ineffective or even harmful treatment, and consequently less than optimal outcomes.
  • New data on WRMSDs suggests strategies that identify patient capacities and goals, address ergonomics and other triggering factors, provide gradual guided loading of affected and related tissues are most effective. 
  • Patient education and coaching can provide long term self-care strategies intended to enhance understanding of pain, personal fitness, resilience, and antifragility. These are the cornerstones of patient centered care that can protect and maximize the dental professional’s active career-span. 
  • Evidence based rehab professionals (a subset of chiropractors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists) can provide lower cost, more effective interventions.
  • Using low back pain as the most prevalent, disabling, and costly non-communicable disease worldwide, data reveals chiropractic medicine as the lowest cost entry point with the highest satisfaction.  Additionally, patients who make use of this resource are 50% less likely to receive an opioid prescription for their condition.
  • Accessibility: Chiropractors are portal of entry, in all 50 states and DC.  In other words, no referral is required. Most private insurance, Medicare covers chiropractic care.  Identifying features of the evidence-based practice will be discussed.


Brian Morrison, D.C.

B.S. in biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield, MO, magna cum laude, valedictorian. Residency: Chiropractic Family Practice at Lindell Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Private practice in Ellicott City, MD for 30 years.

Awards: "Chiropractor of the Year" and “Presidents Award” by the Maryland Chiropractic Association.

Teaching Experience: Clinical Faculty with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2014-2017. He teaches courses on manual medicine and pain science for 4th year medical students and residents. Past Director of Chiropractic Services with the UMSOM Center for Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Morrison’s private practice hosts residents and students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine as part of a clinical shadow program.  Co-authored chapter on “Integrative Management of Pain” in Practical Management of Pain, 5th Ed. H. Benzon Ed. Featured presenter for the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Health and Healing’s Annual Wellness Conference, Maryland Chiropractic Association, Maryland Massage Therapy Association, District or Columbia Dental Society, Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentists. Pediatric and Howard County Dental Hygienist’s Association. He is a member of the Columbia Association Medical Advisory Board and the Board of Directors, HC Drugfree.



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