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Risks of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Most cases have no specific cause, although any/all of the following may serve as risks of carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • frequent, repetitive, small movements with the hands (such as with typing or using a keyboard)
  • frequent, repetitive, grasping movements with the hands (such as with sports and certain physical activities)
  • joint or bone disease (i.e., arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • hormonal or metabolic changes (i.e., menopause, pregnancy, thyroid imbalance)
  • changes in blood-sugar levels (may be seen with type 2 diabetes)
  • other conditions or injuries of the wrist (i.e., strain, sprain, dislocation, break, or swelling and inflammation)

Learn more about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.