Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk Factors

by Administrator 18. February 2015 11:57

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an acute condition of the hands and arms that causes tingling sensation, numbness and pain in the wrist. There are a number of factors that may increase the chances of damaging the median nerve, which increases the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Some of the factors include:

  • Anatomic Factors: These factors can include wrist fractures or dislocation that alters the space within the Carpal Tunnel. People who have smaller Carpal Tunnels have more chances of developing the syndrome.
  • Chronic Conditions: Illness such as diabetes may increase the chances of nerve damage if the patient does not take proper care. This may lead to damage in the median nerve which is the main cause of the syndrome.
  • Inflammatory Conditions: Some conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, which is characterized by inflammation can also affect the wrist and may increase pressure on the median nerve, thus leading to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Changes In The Body: Alterations in the balance of the body fluids may also lead to the syndrome. These alterations can also be a result of pregnancy or menopause, which may increase the pressure within the Carpal Tunnel.
  • Other Medical Conditions: Some other medical conditions such as obesity, thyroid and kidney failure may also increase the risk of developing the syndrome.
  • Workplace: Many people are required to work with tools that vibrate or require prolonged repetitive movement in the same direction. This type of work may increase the chances of damage to the median nerve.
  • Smoking: If you smoke on a regular basis, you are likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Smoking effects the blood flow to the median nerve and causes more pressure on the nerve.
  • Gender: Females between the ages of 40 and 60 are more likely to develop the condition. Women who take birth control pills or are going through hormonal changes are at a higher risk to be effected by the condition.
  • Aging: Normal wear and tear of the tissues in the hands is a common cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Aging can also be regarded as one of the major reasons behind the condition as it leads to wear and tear of the tissues.

For more information about the wrist condition and the treatment options available, you can visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the wrist doctor in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 - 1072.

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