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Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A risk factor is something that raises the chances of getting a health problem. A person can get carpal tunnel syndrome with or without the ones listed below. The chances of getting it are higher in people who have many. It is more common in people over 50 years of age. It is also more common in women, especially during pregnancy. Other things that can raise the risk are:


This problem is more common in people who do repetitive tasks of the hands and wrists, such as computer users, factory workers, barbers, musicians, and vehicle drivers.


People who are overweight or obese have a higher risk of this health problem.


The hormone changes that happen during menopause can raise the risk in women.


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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD