What is Causing Your Carpal Tunnel Symptoms?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results when the median nerve is compressed as it travels through the wrist. Compression may be caused by swelling of the tendons that surround the median nerve or the ligamentous band that forms the tunnel the nerve passes through. Therefore, any overuse (i.e. typing, writing, sewing, driving, painting, sports, etc.), or repetitive abuse of the hands and wrists (i.e. working with vibrating machinery) may initiate symptoms.

Pregnant women who experience swelling in the wrists may be at risk and the condition is most common in people 30 to 60 years of age with women being more likely than a man to develop symptoms.

For many patients, the true cause of their carpal tunnel syndrome is unknown, but many find it due to repetitive hand activity at work or while playing.

Some studies have shown that increased pressure via the wrist or (carpal tunnel) from repetitive and / or awkward wrist movements may increase the likelihood of getting a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in some people.

While other studies have shown that medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism and obesity, just to name a few, puts a person at greater risk. And even more, if they have combined one or more of these conditions with repetitive hand or wrist activities.