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Visual Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Could the pain in your hand be carpal tunnel syndrome? WebMD's pictures show the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

1/24/2021 3:00:00 PM

Carpal tunnel develops slowly. At first, you're most likely to notice it at night or when you first wake up in the morning. Learn more:

Could the pain in your hand be carpal tunnel syndrome ? WebMD's pictures show the causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

20Carpal tunnel syndrome can also cause a feeling of numbness in the hands. Some people feel like their fingers are swollen, even though no swelling is present, or they may have trouble distinguishing between hot and cold.Swipe to advanceWhat Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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5/20There usually isn't one definitive cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Because the carpal tunnel is narrow and rigid, anytime there is swelling or inflammation in the area, the median nerve can be compressed and cause pain. Symptoms may be present in one or both hands (usually symptoms develop in the dominant hand first).

Swipe to advanceWho Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?6/20Women are three times more likely than men to get carpal tunnel syndrome. Certain conditions can also increase your risk. These include:Diabetes, gout, hypothyroidism, and rheumatoid arthritisPregnancy

Sprain or fracture of the wristSwipe to advanceCould Your Job Be to Blame?7/20It's a common belief that frequent typing can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. But it's actually three times more common among assembly line workers than it is among data-entry personnel -- and frequent use of vibrating hand tools increases the risk. In contrast, one study found that even heavy computer use -- up to seven hours a day -- did not make people more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

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