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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes and Diagnosis

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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "... about three percent of women and two percent of men will be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) during their lifetime, with peak prevalence in women older than 55.ʺ A majority of those afflicted with CTS are between the ages of 30-60.

The National Institutes of Health states that ʺwomen are three times more likely than men to have carpal tunnel syndrome.ʺ

The U.S. National Library of Medicine states, CTS (also known as repetitive stress injuries or carpal tunnel release) occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve. This nerve stretches from the forearm to the palm.

CTS has no specific known cause. However, one risk factor may be hormonal changes.

The University of Maryland Medical Center states, ʺCTS has been shown to increase after delivering a baby and menopause.ʺ Certain types of workers using repetitive motion are at risk.


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