Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Who's most likely to get it

HealthDay News

HealthDay News

Published on May 05, 2003

(HealthDayNews) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a major problem that starts out as simple discomfort from repeated movements, but can lead to surgery and long periods of disability.

The female to male ratio for those with carpal tunnel syndrome is about 6 to 1, but that doesn't necessarily mean that women are particularly susceptible.

According to research from the Occupational Health Project at the University of Maryland, here are the occupations most likely to develop the syndrome:

  1. assembler
  2. laborer-nonconstruction
  3. packaging- and filling-machine operators
  4. janitors and cleaners
  5. butchers and meat cutters
  6. data entry keyers

The study also showed that the ratio of women to men among data entry clerks is so high that it explains the entire difference in frequency of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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