Frank Martello, DDS: How PT Helped Me

Frank Martello, DDS: How PT Helped Me

dr_frank_martelloAs we continue to celebrate Physical Therapy month, we want to highlight another one of our PT superstars: Frank Martello, DDS.

In this video, Dr. Frank explains how back pain can affect dentists, surgeons and other professionals who lean over patients all day. Having a good relationship with a physical therapist and knowing the right stretches can help you develop the right strategies to protect your back and neck in the workplace.


Tips to help dentists practice without pain:

  • Evaluate your work environment: desk, treatment chairs, equipment. There are many modifications that can be made to help you work smarter without pain.
  • Regular stretching and strengthening exercises are a must! Stretch between each patient.
  • Use eye magnification at the proper focal length to manage your postures.
  • Modify your patient’s position to help you maintain good posture.

If you already have pain, try these physical therapy interventions for relief:

  • Joint and soft tissue mobilizations to reduce knots, cricks, and spasms.
  • Dry needling to reduce trigger points and normalize movement patterns.
  • Postural exercises.
  • Ergonomic assessment.

If you or someone you love experiences back or neck pain, please talk to a physical therapist today! Living with pain is not the best solution!