Carpal tunnel syndrome can
result from any combination of health conditions and physical activities that
increase pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist. Things that put you at risk for
carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Age and being female.
Women between the ages of 40 and 60 have the highest risk. Pregnant women near
the end of their pregnancies often develop temporary symptoms when they retain
fluid. Women taking birth control pills, going through menopause, or taking
estrogen are also thought to be at risk.
Activities that require repeated motions, especially
in awkward positions. These movements might be related to work, home
activities, hobbies, or sports.
Forceful or prolonged
activities such as clenching your hands or routinely driving long
The most important step in controlling carpal tunnel
syndrome is to stay fit and in good overall health. But if you suspect that
certain activities at your workplace are helping to cause tingling, numbness,
weakness, and pain in your fingers or hand, make some changes now. For example,
prolonged and forceful hand movement or using vibrating machinery may
contribute to symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Talk to your human resources
department about different ways of doing your job, changes in your equipment,
or having an ergonomic consultation if you notice these symptoms. For more
information, see the topic
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