Case Studies

Back pain case study

Dental Assistant: Fatigue, Pain in Thoracic Spine

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F.B. experienced soreness in her upper thoracic spine (from standing) one month after starting her work. She also suffered from fatigue. F.B. is a triathlete with an athletically toned body, so the static position of her work is the likely cause of her symptoms.

Introduction to the Saddle Seat
As soon as her employer became aware of F.B’s symptoms of pain and fatigue in her thoracic spine, he provided her with a Bambach Saddle Seat and instructed her on how to adjust the seat to improve her posture for her work. F.B. can now perform much of her work sitting down. She wears trousers or a full skirt for comfort on the seat. F.B. said she liked the look of the Bambach Saddle Seat from the start and understood the principles of good biomechanics from her study of nursing. The surgeon with whom she works also has a Bambach Saddle Seat.

Both seats need to be adjusted to work together, as close coordination between surgeon and assistant is needed to maintain optimum operating posture and position. F.B. has a standard model with foot operated height adjuster and no back.

F.B. reports that the seat is comfortable, that her position on the seat keeps her back straight rather than ‘hunched over’. She likes the idea that she has a straight pelvis and can feel that she can control its position. She also feels that her fatigue level at the end of the day is less. She believes that it has helped relieve the symptoms of pain in her thoracic spine. The Bambach Saddle Seat is part of her planned regime to maintain a high level of fitness and good health.