Hand and Wrist Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about hand and wrist health.

What puts someone at greater risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Dr. Michael Rymer discusses what puts someone at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What puts someone at greater risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Patients are at a higher risk to develop carpal tunnel with certain co morbidities which include diabetes, hypothyroidism, auto immune disease, advanced age and obesity. There’s also a genetic predisposition in certain families for carpal tunnel syndrome, also during pregnancy patients are also a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

Women are at three times greater risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome than men, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH). It’s possible this is because a woman’s carpal tunnel is smaller than a man’s.

The disorder usually occurs only in adults, and it typically occurs in the dominant hand first, according to the NIH. Diabetes and other metabolic disorders increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

While there is no specific job that causes people to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, people who do assembly line work are most likely to suffer from the disorder, according to the NIH.

Some hobbies, such as needlework and canoeing, also can cause symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, according to the American Academy of PediatricsOff Site Icon (AAFP).

For more information about what puts someone at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, talk with your physician.

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Source: Michael Rymer, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Matthew Cavo, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates