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Howard County Dental Association is pleased to offer the following continuing education course:  

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
6:30 p.m.  Virtual Happy Hour
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting & Seminar
Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) in Dental Professionals and Assistants.
2 CE Credits
Bryan Morrison, D.C.
Course Description:

WRMSDs are common in dental personnel with an annual incidence of 66-87.2% and approximately 30% of dentists retire early due to WRMSDs. It is 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.

Course Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to describe acute, repetitive motion and constant pressure/tension WRMSDs and list specific types of WRMSD experienced by Dental Professionals.

  2. Participants will be able to explain the normal injury healing process and list predisposing and precipitating processes that may impair healing in WRMSD.

  3. Participants will develop a greater understanding of how persistent pain can develop long after normal tissue healing time.

  4. Demonstrate management strategies for pain control and to stimulate proper healing. The process of returning to activity and the role of General Physical Preparedness in prevention of future injuries will be discussed in detail.

  5. Participants will be able to identify features of a patient centered, evidence based rehabilitation professional practice.

Speaker Description:


Dr.  Brian Morrison received his 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.  He completed his residency at Chiropractic Family Practice at Lindell Hospital in St. Louis, MO and has been in private practice in Ellicott City, MD for 30 years. He has been awarded "Chiropractor of the Year" and “Presidents Award” by the Maryland Chiropractic Association.  Dr. Morrison was on the Clinical Faculty with the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2014-2017 and remains as adjunct faculty where he teaches courses on manual medicine and pain science for 4th year medical students and residents.  He is the 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.  He has co-authored chapter on “Integrative Management of Pain” in Practical Management of Pain, 5th Ed. H. Benzon Ed.  and a 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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