Lynnwood chiropractor can treat CTS

What Types Of Jobs Can Cause Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Are you involved in activities that require repetitive movements of your hands, wrists, and arms? If your profession involves tasks like carpentry, sewing, driving, working on an assembly line, or using a keyboard extensively, you might be at a higher risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition that affects the hand and wrist, causing pain, numbness, and tingling sensations. It occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed as it passes through a narrow passageway in the wrist called the carpal tunnel.

When the carpal tunnel narrows or becomes inflamed, it can put pressure on the median nerve.

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in the wrist and is formed by the arrangement of the carpal bones and the transverse carpal ligament. The carpal bones consist of two rows, the proximal row closer to the forearm and the distal row closer to the hand, which include bones like the scaphoid, lunate, triquetrum, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, and hamate. Acting as a roof for the carpal tunnel, the transverse carpal ligament connects the carpal bones and helps maintain the tunnel’s shape while protecting the structures within. Within the carpal tunnel, the median nerve passes through, originating from the brachial plexus in the neck. Alongside the median nerve, there are also flexor tendons responsible for finger and thumb movement. The carpal tunnel’s anatomy is crucial for the smooth passage of the median nerve and tendons, and any compression or narrowing within this tunnel can lead to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you suspect you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to seek medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Early intervention can help alleviate symptoms and prevent further progression of the condition. Treatment options may include conservative measures like splinting, medication, physical therapy, ergonomic adjustments, or in some cases, surgical intervention to relieve pressure on the median nerve.

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has a significant impact on hand and wrist functionality. The compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel leads to pain, discomfort, and sensory disturbances such as numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and part of the ring finger. This can make it challenging to perform daily tasks that require hand and wrist movements. CTS can also cause weakness in the hand, particularly in the thumb muscles, resulting in reduced grip strength and difficulty grasping objects firmly. Fine motor skills are impaired, making activities like writing, typing, and buttoning clothes more difficult. The overall dexterity and coordination of the hand may be affected, making precise movements and manipulation of small objects challenging. In severe cases, muscle wasting and atrophy may occur, further impacting hand function. Managing CTS through appropriate treatment can help alleviate symptoms, restore hand and wrist functionality, and improve quality of life.

The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are:

  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the hand and fingers
  • Weakness and difficulty gripping objects
  • Pain or discomfort in the hand, wrist, or arm
  • Symptoms worsen during nighttime

Common Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be caused by a variety of factors, and it often results from a combination of multiple causes. Here are some common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:

Repetitive hand and wrist movements
Prolonged and forceful use of the hands
Poor ergonomic practices
Genetic predisposition

Certain anatomical factors, such as a narrower carpal tunnel or structural abnormalities in the wrist, may increase the risk. Medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, and rheumatoid arthritis are associated with CTS, as they can affect nerve function. Trauma or injury to the wrist, as well as genetic predisposition, can also play a role. It’s essential to identify and address the underlying causes to manage CTS effectively and alleviate symptoms.

Jobs with Increased Risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Are you engaged in activities that increase your chances of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)? CTS is commonly linked to individuals who:

  • Engage in repetitive tasks involving their hands, wrists, and arms
  • Assume uncomfortable hand positions
  • Frequently exert a strong grip
  • Apply mechanical pressure to their palms
  • Utilize vibrating equipment

Workers in the manufacturing industry are particularly susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) due to the extensive use of their hands and wrists during long hours of work. For instance, production sewers are constantly pulling and grasping cloth, assembly line workers handle objects on conveyor belts all day, and carpenters frequently press tools into their palms while using vibrating equipment. Similarly, computer keyboard workers engage in repetitive tasks involving the keyboard and mouse throughout their workday.

Your leisure activities can also contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Engaging in activities such as weeding, knitting, and playing stringed instruments with a bow for prolonged periods may influence the onset of this syndrome.

Preventing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Preventing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) involves implementing several strategies to reduce the risk of developing the condition. First, ergonomic considerations for a healthy workspace are crucial. This includes setting up an ergonomic workstation with an adjustable chair, desk, and keyboard, ensuring proper alignment of the body and minimizing strain on the wrists. Taking frequent breaks and performing stretching exercises can help alleviate stress on the hands and wrists. It is essential to maintain proper hand and wrist positioning during tasks, avoiding excessive flexion or extension. The use of ergonomic tools and equipment, such as ergonomic keyboards, mouse pads with wrist support, and adjustable mouse devices, can also help reduce strain on the wrists. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, and managing underlying health conditions, can contribute to overall wrist health. By implementing these preventive measures, individuals can reduce the risk of developing CTS and promote a healthier work environment.

Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can be treated through various approaches, depending on the severity of the condition and individual needs. Here are the common treatment options for CTS:

1. Non-surgical Treatments: Non-surgical approaches are usually the first line of treatment for CTS. These options include:

  • Wrist Splinting: Wearing a splint or brace at night keeps the wrist in a neutral position and reduces pressure on the median nerve.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Making ergonomic adjustments to the workspace, taking frequent breaks, and performing hand and wrist exercises can help relieve symptoms and prevent further aggravation of CTS.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises can strengthen the muscles of the hand and wrist, improve flexibility, and reduce symptoms of CTS.
  • Chiropractic Care: Chiropractic adjustments and manual therapies can help relieve pressure on the median nerve and restore proper alignment of the wrist and hand.

2. Surgical Options: If non-surgical treatments do not provide sufficient relief or if the condition is severe, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgical options for CTS include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Release: This procedure involves cutting the transverse carpal ligament to enlarge the carpal tunnel and relieve pressure on the median nerve. It can be performed through open surgery or endoscopic techniques.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release or ultrasound-guided percutaneous release are minimally invasive techniques that involve smaller incisions and faster recovery compared to open surgery.

The choice of treatment depends on the individual’s symptoms, the severity of CTS, and their response to conservative measures.


In conclusion, certain jobs that involve repetitive hand and wrist movements, prolonged or awkward wrist postures, and high force or vibration can increase the risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of CTS and seek professional help for diagnosis and treatment. Consulting a Lynnwood Chiropractor can be beneficial as they can provide a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and individualized treatment plan for CTS.

Furthermore, making ergonomic modifications to the workstation, taking frequent breaks, and practicing stretching exercises can help reduce the strain on the wrists and alleviate symptoms. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and managing underlying health conditions, can contribute to overall wrist health and well-being.

Content Reviewed by
Dr. Belinda Eddy
Doctor Of Chiropractic