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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Most cases of carpal tunnel syndrome have no specific cause, although any or all of the following may serve as a contributing factor:

  • 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)

Locations for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome