Musculoskeletal Injuries of the Upper Extremity Resulting from Frequent Sign Language Useage
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AbstractThe goal of this thesis was to examine a correlation between musculoskeletal injuries in the upper extremity and frequent sign language usage through the exploration of the pathophysiology associated with such injuries and the anatomy of the affected structures. Due to the nature of handshapes and movement of arms employed by American Sign Language (ASL) users, this population is prone to a greater prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries involving the soft tissue of the upper extremity. The majority of the literature available today surrounding this issue exclusively examines sign language interpreters. However, the widespread use of ASL by millions of deaf and hard of hearing individuals as a primary means of communication heightens the need for additional investigations concerning these individuals.
Degree ProgramHonors College