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Health Tip: At Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Age, medical conditions are factors

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(HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tissues in the wrist swell and put pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and discomfort.

Here are common risk factors for the condition, courtesy of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

  • Heredity, as smaller carpal tunnels can run in families.
  • Using your hands in the same way repetitively over time.
  • Having hormonal changes, such as those during pregnancy.
  • Being older.
  • Having diabetes, a thyroid disorder or rheumatoid arthritis.


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