Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - What Increases Your Risk
Things that put you at risk for
carpal tunnel syndrome include:
Health problems or illnesses that can cause arm
pain or swelling in the joints and soft tissues in the arm, or reduce the
flow to the hands. These include
rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes,
multiple sclerosis. Being female.
Women between the ages of 40 and 60 have the highest risk.
Pregnant women near
the end of their pregnancies often have short-term symptoms. Women taking birth control pills, going through menopause, or taking
estrogen are also thought to be at risk.
Hand and wrist movements and activities that require repeated motions, especially in awkward positions.
Smoking. It may contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome by
affecting the blood flow to the median nerve. Broken wrist bones, dislocated bones, new
bone growth from healing bones, or
bone spurs. These can take up space in the
carpal tunnel and put more pressure on the median nerve. Tumors and
other growths (such as
ganglions). These uncommon causes of carpal tunnel
syndrome are usually benign. Normal wear and tear of the tissues in the hand and wrist caused
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 02, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this