How common is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is quite common, although the exact number of cases is unknown. The most commonly affected demographic is women who are between 45 and 54 years of age. Then, the risk increases for both men and women as they age. Some doctors have estimated that the chance of an adult developing carpal tunnel syndrome at some point is about 10 percent.

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The prevalance is estimated at about 1 in 20 people with women getting it about 3 times more frequently than men.
Dr. Prosper A. Benhaim, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve problem caused by compression, known as compression neuropathy. The prevalence in the adult population in the United States is estimated to be proximally 3 percent to 6 percent of all people. Approximately half of people with carpal tunnel syndrome will have involvement of both the right and left hands. 

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