Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive movements of the hands, wrists, or fingers—especially overactive use of a computer keyboard, certain musical instruments, or hand tools
- Use of vibrating equipment or tools
- A narrow carpal tunnel (due to heredity or other causes)
- Broken bones
- Compression or crush injuries
- Arthritis leading to swelling within the carpal tunnel
- Raynaud's disease , which impairs blood flow in the hands
Water retention due to:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Hormone-related conditions, such as:
Medications, such as:
- Birth control pills
- Cortisone pills or shots
- Some high blood pressure drugs
- Tumors and cysts in the carpal tunnel
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 09/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/17/2014 -
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