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These are caused by pressure on a nerve (median nerve) in the wrist. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers, thumb, and hand.

Conditions that may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome include pregnancy, hypothyroidism, diabetes, arthritis, and obesity. Improper or prolonged use of the hands or wrist can also put pressure on the median nerve by causing swelling or thickening of tissues close to or within the carpal tunnel. Prior wrist injuries (especially fractures) make a person more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Both work and recreational activities can cause carpal tunnel syndrome if done over a long period of time. Some of these activities include:

Typing, data entry, use of a computer mouse, or bar code scanning.
Use of tools, especially those that vibrate (such as sanders).
Prolonged knitting or needlework.
Prolonged twisting of the wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can often be treated by avoiding activities that irritate the wrist, applying ice, wearing a night splint, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco; strengthening the arms and shoulders; and increasing intake of vitamin B6 may also help. In some cases, surgery may be helpful.

If you spend a lot of time doing activities that involve forceful or repetitive finger or wrist movement or use of vibrating equipment, you have an increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome . These activities can include driving, using a keyboard, working with small instruments, knitting, or using a sander. You can reduce your risk, as well as any hand pain or weakness you may already have, by taking a few simple steps.

Key points

Many health conditions and diseases make you more likely to get carpal tunnel symptoms. But if you exercise, maintain a healthy weight, control other health conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, and avoid smoking, you can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Arranging your activity and work space using ergonomic guidelines can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Office ergonomics focuses on how a workstation is set up, including the placement of your desk, computer monitor, paperwork, chair, and associated tools, such as a computer keyboard and mouse. The same ideas can help you arrange your position for other daily activities.

Proper body mechanics are key to preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Evaluate your daily routine for activities that increase your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Take frequent breaks from activities to rest, stretch, change positions, or alternate with another activity.

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