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Can doing kendo cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Gregg Vagner
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hard to say

If by kendo, you mean the martial art with swordplay, then it would be hard to say.
If it involves lots of blows to the wrist it could be possible. However, i would look for other causes first.

In brief: Hard to say

If by kendo, you mean the martial art with swordplay, then it would be hard to say.
If it involves lots of blows to the wrist it could be possible. However, i would look for other causes first.
Dr. Gregg Vagner
Dr. Gregg Vagner
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not cause it

But if you had it and did it it might make it feel worse at times.

In brief: Not cause it

But if you had it and did it it might make it feel worse at times.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Carpal tunnel affects a wide range of patients.
Repetitive activities and sports can exacerbate symptoms.

In brief: Yes

Carpal tunnel affects a wide range of patients.
Repetitive activities and sports can exacerbate symptoms.
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
In kendo the multiple repeated strikes of the wooden Bokken that occur during practice result in force being transmitted into the palm of the hand and the wrist. The force can cause swelling and inflammation. In the same way, construction workers who use impact hammers and percussion tool, are at increased risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. The mechanism of repeated vibratory trauma is well established in carpal tunnel syndrome.
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