Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Are You At Risk For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Date:
October 7, 2009
Source:
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Summary:
If you are experiencing pain in your arms, based on individual risk factors, there may be an increased likelihood you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. According to researchers, certain factors can play a role in your prevalence to developing this painful syndrome.

If you are experiencing pain in your arms, based on individual risk factors, there may be an increased likelihood you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). According to a team of researchers, certain factors can play a role in your prevalence to developing this painful syndrome.

Between July 2007 and August 2008, a cross-sectional study was performed on 1000 patients who presented with arm pain. Two hundred fifty cases, comprised of 34 men and 216 women (18 to 69 years), were diagnosed with CTS based on electrodiagnostic criteria. An additional 750 cases (102 men and 648 women) that did not have CTS were also included in the study. The following factors were assessed: body mass index (BMI), wrist anterior-posterior/medial-lateral diameter ratio, occupation, history of steroid use, family history, diabetes mellitus, thyroid disease, congestive heart failure, history of wrist fracture, smoking, use of oral contraceptive pills, history of hysterectomy, and menopause.

The prevalence of CTS was 25% in the group studied. Mean BMI was higher in CTS patients in both genders and the wrist dimension ratio was also found to be higher in the CTS group. Steroid use was reported in 2% of the control group and in 8% of the CTS group. Diabetes mellitus was found in 4% of the control group and in 11.2% of the CTS group. Of the control group, 8.8% had reached menopause, as compared to 25.2% in the CTS group. The female to male ratio was 7 to 1.

“In this specific study group, diabetes, high BMI, wrist dimension ratio, hormonal changes associated with menopause, and steroid use were positively associated with CTS,” stated Dr. Seyed M. Rayegani. “Due to the high prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome, especially in women, it is recommended that physicians refer patients with hand pain, numbness, and night awakening of hand numbness for evaluation by a trained electrodiagnostic physician.” Treatment of CTS is based on the stage of the disease. In mild and early stages conservative treatment using medication, a wrist splint, or job modification can improve symptoms. More advanced stages may need more aggressive treatments such as surgery.”

The complete findings and results of this study are being presented at the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) 56th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, October 7-10, 2009.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. "Are You At Risk For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 October 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006115515.htm>.
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. (2009, October 7). Are You At Risk For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 28, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006115515.htm
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. "Are You At Risk For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091006115515.htm (accessed July 28, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Trees Could Save More Than 850 Lives Each Year

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A national study conducted by the USDA Forest Service found that trees collectively save more than 850 lives on an annual basis. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Google's Next Frontier: The Human Body

Newsy (July 27, 2014) Google is collecting genetic and molecular information to paint a picture of the perfectly healthy human. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
What's To Blame For Worst Ebola Outbreak In History?

What's To Blame For Worst Ebola Outbreak In History?

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A U.S. doctor has tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus, as the worst-ever outbreak continues to grow. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A new study shows sleep deprivation can make it harder for people to remember specific details of an event. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins