Activities that increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome

Activities that may increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • Repetitive motions.
    • Continuous use of the hands and fingers, as when knitting or doing needlepoint with the wrist bent (flexed)
    • Frequent bending or twisting of the wrist, as when using a screwdriver
    • Repeated squeezing or gripping with the hand, as when using a spray bottle
    • Moving the fingers while the wrist is bent inward or flexed, as when playing musical instruments or typing
  • Use of vibrating tools such as sanders.
  • Use of a cane, wheelchair, or crutches, or doing certain sports (such as long-distance cycling) that require continuous forceful grasping with the wrist in an awkward position.
  • Bending the wrist during sleep.

Last Updated: October 29, 2008

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