Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a well-known hand condition in which the median nerve, which is contained in the carpal tunnel passageway, is placed under pressure from the narrowing of the carpal tunnel. This pressure can cause numbness or tingling in the thumb and fingers. It can also weaken your hand and make everyday tasks more difficult.
There are many factors that can contribute to an increased risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Health conditions, lifestyle and even gender can contribute to a higher likelihood of suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Women develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at three times the rate of men. Research on this is limited, but as referenced by The Office of Women’s Health (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)*, one reason is that women’s wrist bones are naturally smaller than most men’s wrist bones, creating a tighter space for nerves and tendons. Women also uniquely have dramatic hormonal changes during their lifetimes, during pregnancy and menopause, that put them more at risk for developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There are some factors that seem to increase the likelihood of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including:
While these factors may increase the likelihood of developing this hand condition, they are in no way guarantees that a patient will develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and many who fall into these categories will never develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Activities that involve repetitive, intense vibration can increase the likelihood of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, as can an injury or trauma to the hand. When engaging in activities that may cause injury to the hand or expose hands to intense vibration, use caution.
While Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be a painful, limiting condition, there is help for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The team at Midwest Hand Surgery are experts at treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and many other conditions of the hand and wrist. Schedule an appointment by visiting https://www.midwesthand.com/appointment-request/ or calling one of our three Chicagoland offices.
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