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Are some people more likely to get carpal tunnel syndrome than others?

Certain people are more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. You are more likely to get it if you are:
  • pregnant
  • obese
  • living with a thyroid disorder or inflammatory arthritis
Your job also plays a role in whether or not you develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Jobs that require heavy lifting, repetitive movements or the use of vibrating tools make you much more likely, or susceptible, to get this condition.
David A. Cautilli, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Women, generally age 30 to 50s, are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than men. People who have diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, or thyroid conditions, are also more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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