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PERSPECTIVE ARTICLE Table of Contents   
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 250-253
Yoga as an adjunct therapy for musculoskeletal pain and burnout in orthopedic surgery: A trainee's perspective

1 Department of Orthopaedics and Oncological Sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
2 Department of Communications, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Jeffrey Mark Brown
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DOI: 10.4103/ijoy.ijoy_129_22

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Orthopedic surgeons face significant physical and psychosocial stressors during their training as surgical residents and throughout their career. Aside from occupational hazards intrinsic to the profession, two notable and treatable concerns are musculoskeletal pain and emotional burnout, which have a reported prevalence as high as 97% and 56%, respectively, among orthopedic residents. Management of musculoskeletal pain and burnout is essential for promoting surgeon well being, education, and longevity as well as avoiding medical errors and compromises to patient care. This perspective manuscript describes the occupational challenges faced by orthopedic surgeons and promotes a habitual practice of yoga as an adjunct therapy for managing musculoskeletal pain and emotional burnout, and furthermore, introduces the need to reconsider gendered perceptions surrounding orthopedics and the practice of yoga in a profession largely comprised of men.

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