Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women than in men.
There has been an increase in
work-related cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. This may be because of greater
awareness about the condition and because many people at work use forceful or
repetitive hand movements (such as performing assembly-type work) or have
hand-arm vibration, all of which may be related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Obesity, smoking, and medical conditions such as pregnancy, rheumatoid
arthritis, hypothyroidism, and diabetes can also contribute to symptoms of
carpal tunnel syndrome, especially when combined with forceful or repetitive
hand and wrist movement or the use of vibrating equipment.
compared with other illnesses and injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of
the most common causes of absences from work. It is most often found in people
whose jobs require repeated motions, especially people who work on assembly
lines in industries such as manufacturing.
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