A quick look at carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and its causes

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a musculo-nervous condition that occurs when the carpal tunnel, or the tunnel-like structure found in the wrist where the median nerve travels through, is compressed or ‘pinched.’ Because the median nerve supplies nervous energy needed by the muscles of your hands, a person with CTS may suffer numbness and a tingling sensation in the affected fingers and palm.

There are many possible factors that could contribute to CTS, among them are the following:

  • Heredity – You are most likely to suffer from CTS if an immediate family member suffers from the condition. If you feel numbness and tingling in either of your forearm and CTS run in your family, visit your physician right away for proper diagnosis and prompt treatment.
  • Occupation – According to the lawyers from LaMarca Law Group, P.C., some workers’ compensation cases have been associated with repetitive motion injuries, including CTS. Employees have the obligation to protect their workers from injuries caused by repetitive and forceful motions by supplying them with ergonomically-designed equipment, and by providing them with ample amount of breaks where they can do some stretching.
  • Age – CTS are more common among older individuals. Older people are also more prone to damaging chronic diseases, such as diabetes, which increases the likelihood of CTS.
  • Pregnancy and menopause – A change in a person’s fluid level may also result in CTS. During a shift in fluid level, the pressure inside the carpal tunnel may increase, pressing the median nerve down and causing CTS.
  • Chronic medical conditions – Finally, some cases of CTS have been associated with various illnesses. A person suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, for instance, may have a swollen wrist that could push the carpal tunnel down, thereby increasing the pressure inside. Also, long-term illnesses such as diabetes are known to have damaging effects on the nerves, which can increase your risk of CTS. Other disorders that could cause CTS are thyroid disorders, kidney damage, and obesity.