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Am I at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Did you know that certain jobs, your gender, or even your lifestyle may cause carpal tunnel syndrome? While your age and gender may be out of your control, you can make healthy choices to decrease your risk of developing this condition. Discover factors that contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Lifestyle Factors & Health Conditions

Fortunately, there are lifestyle factors that you can avoid that can greatly diminish your chances of carpal tunnel syndrome. Several factors that can maximize your risk of developing this syndrome include smoking, not exercising regularly, having an unhealthy body mass index, or eating too much food with salt in it. These are four elements of life you CAN change, and your body will thank you for it!

Additionally, jobs that demand repetitive wrist movement might increase your chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. These jobs are not limited to but may include:

  • Computer-based careers (writer, coding, etc.)
  • Manufacturing jobs
  • Construction occupation

Gender & Age

Although there are many lifestyle factors and health conditions you can avoid, some risk factors you can’t change such as gender and age. Women are more likely to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome than men, and it is most common in people between the ages of 30 and 60-years-old. If you begin to feel symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, don’t hesitate to call our team to make an appointment. Several symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • “Pins and needles” sensation
  • Hand & arm pain
  • Hand clumsiness or weakness
  • Night pain
  • Tingling sensation or numbness

The GNI Neurosurgeons Can Help

We don’t want you living with pain that compromises your everyday activities! If you want to hear treatment options and ask questions about your carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with our team. We hope to hear from you soon!