Chronic Neck Pain in Surgeons
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Surgery, Neck Pain, Back Pain, Chronic Pain, ergonomics
Performing surgery is a physically demanding job that requires immense focus and precision for long durations of time. Often, surgeons operate in suboptimal positions while wearing heavy surgical headlamps leading to high-risk neck flexion angles. Due to the current technology and the physical requirements of the operating room, 75% of surgeons report having experienced neck pain throughout their careers. This neck pain can lead to the development of musculoskeletal disorders, impacting a surgeon's career longevity. With this in mind, we designed a wearable surgical light that removes the extra load on the neck and alerts the surgeon of high-risk neck flexion angles for real-time posture correcting.
Adams, Alex; Munns, Eliza; Tokarski, Hannah; and Withey, Charlie, "Chronic Neck Pain in Surgeons" (2023). Honors Theses. 2758.
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