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A 45-year-old member asked:

can all hand activities lead to something as severe as carpal tunnel syndrome?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Not necessarily: Although some activities, work related or daily routine, can aggravate or exacerbate carpal tunnel syndrome, not all activities can cause the condition.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No : Only certain activities in predisposed individuals.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Unclear...: Since we really do not know the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, it is impossible to say what, if any, activities are causative. We see carpal tunnel syndrome in elderly patients with minimal hand activities, for example. It is true that some vigorous repetitive activities may worsen carpal tunnel that is already present, or in a person who is predisposed to the condition.
Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Clarification: Agree with prior answers. However, i'd like to look at the question from a different perspective. A great many people with carpal tunnel focus only on computer and keyboard (i.E work related activities) . This is wrong. Any activity that involves up and down motion of the wrist may exacerbate and perpetuate carpal tunnel syndrome in a predisposed individual.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are hand symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Carpal tunnel: Typical symptoms of cts include pain, numbness, and tingling in the thumb, index, and long finger. In early stages, symptoms are intermittent. Untreated, symptoms become more regular, and you can develop weakness in the hand. Initial treatment includes nsaids and night splints. Good luck.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Will the use of a hand gripper lead to carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
I'm assuming: You're talking about the hand gripper that you find sporting good stores. I don't think this single thing leads to carpal tunnel I do think that if you have carpet tunnel mouth case and you do too much of anything that's repetitive you can make the carpal thompson feel worse of times in addition carpal tunnels often progressive problem so sometimes it's just seems that the activity makes it worse but it just gets worse anyway if you don't have carpal tall symptom symptoms now that i wouldn't worry about using a hand gripper.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How unsafe is it for me to use my hand that has carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Martin Tamler
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 33 years experience
Carpal Tunnel: No, but i would suggest a carpal tunnel splint be worn so as not to damage the median nerve any further. In fact, it could cure the problem.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

My hand is going numb. Do I have carpal tunnel?

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Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 16 years experience
Possibly: There a number of reasons for hand numbness other than carpal tunnel. I would speak with your doctor and seek EMG/nerve conduction studies as a start to your work up.

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