I’m a practicing RDH with nearly 5 years under my belt, and I’m now starting to notice pain in my left shoulder. I am a right handed clinician that uses loops and a saddle chair (which I love!). I’ve tried making more changes with my posture, but nothing seems to be working. It keeps coming back and is frustrating to say the least. Does anyone have an tips or things that helped them?
When it comes to chronic pain, I highly suggest seeing a doctor to find out the cause especially when you’ve made adjustments and the pain persists. It’s best to nip any problems in the bud before they become big problems and an injury worsens. I have heard from hygienists having pain down their arms and after diagnostic imaging, its actually injuries to the spinal area and the pain they were feeling was “referred pain,” not an actual injury to the area they felt the pain. On the other hand, maybe regularly seeing a chiropractor and a massage therapist coupled with strength training may help. Again, its always best to rule out serious injury from a physician and go from there. I hope you get out of pain soon!