Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerves are compressed as it passes through the wrist. This can be due to pressure over the median nerve or repetitive wrist flexion, such as typing. Prolonged use of vibrating equipment (e.g. drills) may also contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Wheelchair athletes, rock climbers and cyclists are at increased risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome due to the demands of their sport. In addition, pregnant women and people affected by diabetes mellitus are also associated with an increased risk of developing the condition. Women are more commonly affected than men.
With carpal tunnel syndrome, you may experience numbness, tingling or pain in the hands including the thumb and the first few fingers. Symptoms may be worse at night and wake you from sleep.
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