Repetitive strain injuries are fairly common in a workspace especially if employees have been doing the tasks/motions for several years. Unfortunately, court reporters are not excused from this wear and tear. Strain injuries can happen in the neck, back and arms often from sitting for long hours in front of a computer.
It is important for court reporters to understand and take preventative measures to avoid these aches from becoming anything serious. Some of the most commonly recognized injuries in this line of work are:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to Mayoclinic.org “Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway surrounded by bones and ligaments on the palm side of the hand. When the median nerve is compressed, symptoms can include numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and arm.”
However, taking a few precautions like decreasing the pressure on the wrists, making use of ergonomic devices, taking breaks every 2 hours and wearing a wrist splint at night to take the pressure of the median nerve can help a great deal.
Computer Vision Syndrome
According to AOA “Computer vision syndrome, also referred to as digital eye strain, describes a group of eye- and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use.”
Optometrists suggest a few minor tweaks in your daily working situation that can help minimize the risk done to your eyes like:
- Adjusting screen distance
- Using anti-glare spectacles
- Taking minor off-screen breaks
- Adjusting the desktop lighting
Neck and Back Pain
Similar to repetitive strains, aches related to the neck and lower back are very common in the working world which can result in unusual fatigue and could develop serious conditions. If the pain is starting to get severe it is better to consult a physician.
However, some measures can be taken from the comfort of your office like:
- Adjusting seating position
- Wearing a back brace
- Regular exercise
- Quitting smoking (if applicable)
- Paying attention to posture
As a court reporter it is important to be aware of the potential injuries that can occur over time, so taking immediate action can help avoid these conditions making your work pain-free.
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