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The most Common Hand, Wrist & Arm Injuries for Court Reporters.

November 26, 2015

Due to the nature of the court reporting role, the average court reporter is constantly at risk of developing many RSI’s or Repetitive Stress injuries. Most times the court reporter’s injuries are as a result of sitting in one position for extensive hours and subjecting specific parts of the body like the wrist, hands and arms to ongoing strains. Some of the most common repetitive stress injuries related to court reporters are:

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  • Carpal tunnel. The main symptoms of carpal tunnel CTS occur due to irritation to the median nerve which passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist and controls some of the movements of the thumb, as well as sensation in the thumb and the next two and a half fingers. The main symptoms include tingling, numbness and pain which occur in the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger and half of the ring finger.
  • Cubital tunnel. This is a condition that affects the ulnar nerve where it crosses the inside edge of the elbow. The symptoms are very similar to the pain that comes from hitting your funny bone. Cubital tunnel arises through repetitive daily activities, such as regularly using a computer keyboard and mouse. Symptoms include pain that gets worse when you move the affected area, stiffness in the affected area, which may be worse in the morning, weakness in the affected area or being unable to move a joint, a sensation that the tendon is grating or crackling as it moves and many other symptoms.
  • Epicondylitis involves a painful inflammation of tendons surrounding an epicondyle; which normally starts in the elbow area and thus affecting as well, the hand, wrist, and arm and fingers mobility.
  • Tenosynovitis involves inflammation of tendons on the side of the wrist at the base of the thumb. These tendons include the extensor pollicis brevis and the abductor pollicis longus tendons, which extend the joints of the thumb. This is a critical condition for the court reporter.

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