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Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Work-related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in the wrist is primarily caused by repetitive hand and wrist movements or prolonged awkward hand positions that compress the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. 

Your employees can risk developing CTS due to the following causes. 

Static or uncomfortable positions of the wrist, forearm, and upper back resulting from inadequate workstation setups

Repetitive or excessive use of the finger flexors such as prolonged or repetitive gripping due to suboptimal manual handling techniques or work habits

Individual factors, including gender, increasing age, and pregnancy, which elevate the probability of experiencing pain

External pressure on the wrist, such as resting it on hard surfaces for extended periods

Physical well-being factors, including smoking, diabetes, and poor overall fitness, which heighten the likelihood of experiencing pain and extend the recovery duration

Psychological well-being factors, such as stress, depression, and anxiety, which elevate the probability of developing pain and can also increase the severity of pain and the time required for recovery