Surprising Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Part 1)
The typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling of the thumb, index, middle, and ring fingers. Night pain may be so severe as to waken the person, but can often be alleviated by shaking, hanging, or massaging the hand. Weakness, numbness and loss of function can occur if the condition progresses.
Most people associate carpal tunnel syndrome with office workers, since the occurrence of carpal tunnel as a result of using a computer keyboard has received a lot of press.
But there is a very wide variety of occupations and activities that can cause carpal tunnel syndrome in addition to using a computer mouse or keyboard. Activities as gentle as knitting, or as aggressive as operating a jack-hammer, can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
Occupations Causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, carpal tunnel syndrome is typically the result of a combination of factors that put increased pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the wrist’s carpal tunnel. Such activities can include:
Awkward or uncomfortable hand positions
Tight or strong gripping
Stress or pressure on the palm
Subjecting the hand or wrist to vibration
Repetitive Hand Motion Jobs Causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Cashiers and hairdressers are two prime examples of occupations that require repetitive hand motions. People who sew, knit or play an instrument – whether as a hobby or as a profession – also are susceptible to carpal tunnel caused by repetitive motions.
Bakers who knead dough, farmers who hand-milking cows, and gardeners performing hand-weeding are other examples of repetitive motion activities that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Production and assembly line workers who handle objects on conveyor belts, or who assemble small parts may also be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Surprisingly, the possible link between carpal tunnel syndrome and computer keyboard use is less established. Some studies, even claim there is not enough consistent evidence to determine that computer use is a risk factor for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Gripping and Pushing Occupations Causing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Mechanics, plumbers, construction workers and repair personnel who are constantly pushing down on ratchet, wrenches and screwdrivers may also be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome – as are painters who use spray guns.
Pounding safety levers and pressing stamping machine buttons can all also result in carpal tunnel syndrome. And the vibrations from jack-hammers and other air-powered hand tools can also lead to CTS.
If you live in the Troy, MI area, and think you may be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, contact Dr. Rehman for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation. As with most medical conditions, early detection, awareness, and a prevention or treatment plan is the most effective way to combat the effects of conditions like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Top Troy, MI Area Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Doctor: 248.335.2638