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A case of Cervico-brachial Disorder due to Tactile Interpretation for Deaf-blind Persons.
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PMID:  23060032     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objectives: We herein report a case of cervico-brachial disorder (CBD) due to long-term tactile interpreting. Methods: The patient was interviewed to investigate her past history, occupational history, work conditions and clinical course in detail. The case was diagnosed in accordance with the "Diagnostic Criteria for CBD 2007" established by the Research Association for CBD of the Japanese Society for Occupational Health. Results: The patient was a 49-year-old female who has worked as a regular occupational instructor at a welfare work activity center for deaf people since April 22, 2010. Her primary job is to instruct and aid others in learning confectionery manufacturing and coffee shop tasks. She also performs tactile interpreting for two deaf-blind workers during a morning health check and during any meetings. On September 3, 2010, she interpreted by tactile signing for about three hours alone during a meeting, due to the absence of other interpreters. She developed severe pain in her back immediately after carrying out this interpretation, and the pain thereafter continued and developed in the upper extremities. She was diagnosed with a severe and prolonged case of the non-specific type of CBD. Discussion: Interpretation by tactile signing may impose a heavier burden on the upper extremities, shoulders and neck than that imposed by common sign language. A shorter time of interpretation, ensuring the availability of rest time and supporting tools or methods for the upper extremities, are therefore considered to be necessary to prevent the incidence of CBD among interpreters using tactile signing.
Teruyo Kitahara; Kenji Nakamura; Kazushi Taoda; Hiromasa Shigeta; Mamoru Hirata
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1348-9585     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Health     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616320     Medline TA:  J Occup Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Division of Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Social Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science.
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