Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome

March 15, 2017

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Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects the median nerve in the wrist can arise due to repetitive activities, such as using tools or operate the computer mouse.

Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Statistics

Women with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – Statistics

The various work activities, along with other conditions such as overweight, cause syndrome prevalence differs from one country to another, but also increases in the same place, among the younger generation, as they become habits (like use smartphones, tablets and computers).

In the United States, the presence of this problem is much greater than in Sweden among older people, but the gap is narrowing or disappearing among younger generations.

The incidence in women under 50 years was higher in Sweden, but in women 50 and older, the incidence was higher in the U.S.“, reveals the study, published in ‘Achives of Internal Medicine.

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The results were different in men, since women are three times more likely than men to develop the disease.

However, the data are equally compatible with the cultural interpretation of the carpal tunnel syndrome: among males under that age, the incidence was similar in the U.S. and Sweden, but in the larger American country figures at the Nordic folded.

Isam Atroshi, principal author of the study from the Hospital Hassleholm of Sweden, and his colleagues believe that up to 15% of the population may suffer from this syndrome, although many patients are not aware of it.

15% of the population may suffer Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The problem is caused by compression, usually chronic, median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand.

Several studies over the last decade showed the relationship between prolonged use of computer mouse and carpal tunnel syndrome. The European Union, meanwhile, has recognized this condition as an occupational disease, although it depends on each country incorporating this condition with the laws or not.

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