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ASM 2018: Dentistry – Talk about Pain in the Neck!

As the Ontario Dental Association‘s Annual Spring Meeting approaches, we at CDA Oasis are pleased to bring you highlights of some of the speakers and the sessions that will be offered this year. It is my hope that you learn from the various conversations; and if you happen to be in Toronto, you find it interesting enough to attend the event. 

Dr. Tim Pendergrass is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas, where he teaches in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He completed his doctorate of science degree in physical therapy in 2013 from TTUHSC. Dr. Pendergrass’s research interests include lumbar stabilization and muscle activation strategies; motor control and movement dysfunction as they relate to biomechanical constraints during human movement; and ergonomic considerations/ intervention strategies in the workplace.

ASM2018 is the single largest venue where the dental team members can earn continuing education credits all under one roof. The meeting offers a broad and diverse range of renowned speakers and topics for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and office staff. There will be lectures, workshops and various exhibitors, showcasing the latest products and services from more than 300 companies.

I hope you benefit from the information presented in this conversation. Be sure to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions with us at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Until next Time!

Chiraz Guessaier
CDA Oasis Manager


Dentistry as a skilled profession often requires repetitive movements of the upper extremities, while at the same time maintaining an unusually awkward posture of the cervical spine. These two factors alone may predispose you, the dental professional, to movement-related dysfunction. This lecture will explore various movement-related dysfunctions in and about the cervical spine often associated with the practice of dentistry, as well as provide you with some practical tools you can use to minimize your risks of these movement-related dysfunctions.

The session will allow attendees to:

  • Discuss functional anatomy of the cervical spine, as it pertains to the practice of dentistry
  • Discuss cervical dysfunctions associated with the practice of dentistry
  • Discuss ways to diminish the risk of movement-related dysfunction within the practice of dentistry

The session will take place April 26 at 2:00 – 4:30 pm.

Full Interview (6.05″)



1 Comment

  1. Haynes Darlington April 10, 2018

    Dental students adhere to all procedures during the first 3 years such as managing stress. They are also taught to deliver LA at 1ml/min, yet when they start to practice, they forget yoga for stress and administer 1.8 ml LA in 25 seconds rather than the 2 minutes they use to do during dental school.


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