Risk Factors For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

by Administrator 23. July 2015 06:40

Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a medical condition that results due to the compression of the median nerve that runs through the wrist. The main symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome are pain and numbness in the thumb and fingers. The pain can also radiate up towards the arm and shoulder causing discomfort. Certain risk factors are associated with the condition, which may increase the chances of developing Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Some of these risk factors include:

  • Age: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is more common among older people. Children are rarely diagnosed with the condition.
  • Sex: The condition is more prevalent among women as compared to men. It could be due to the smaller size of the carpel tunnel in women.
  • Changes in Hormones:  Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in women. However, the symptoms start to fade away with delivery and the patient may not require any specific medical treatment. Women undergoing menopausal phase are also prone to the condition.
  • Overweight:  Being overweight also makes one susceptible to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. By remaining physically fit and active, one can prevent the condition.
  • Anatomical Factors: People who have small carpel tunnels are more likely to suffer from the problem. Wrist fracture or dislocation, that alters the structure of carpet tunnel and reduces the space, also puts pressure on the median nerve; thus leading to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Some conditions that are characterized by inflammation may affect the tendons in the wrist and exert pressure on median nerve.
  • Medical Conditions: Certain chronic illnesses such as Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis may increase the risk of nerve damage.
  • Smoking and Alcohol Consumption: Smoking and alcohol intake are associated with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Smoking slows down the blood flow and worsens the symptoms.
  • Occupational Factors: Occupations that require repeated use of hands and wrists aggravate the symptoms of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Typing, data entry jobs, carpentry works, industrial jobs, cooking, knitting, sewing, needlework, and using power tools can cause the condition
  • Psychological Factors: Certain psychological factors such as low job satisfaction and stress contribute to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Physical Characteristics: The condition is prone to people with square or palm shaped wrists and poor upper back strength.
  • Other Factors: Poor nutrition, high cholesterol and previous wrist injuries also enhance the chances of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

By taking certain precautions and preventive measures, one can avoid the condition.

Dr. Neagle at OrthoTexas, Carrollton, provides complete diagnosis and treatment for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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