If you think you have carpal tunnel, or if you have been diagnosed with the condition then you will find that it is because of excess pressure in your wrist. This is pressing down on the median nerve and it can cause pain, inflammation and even swelling. The main conditions that are linked to carpal tunnel include diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and fluid retention. You may also find that if you suffer from high blood pressure, that you are at a higher risk of this as well so this is something that you need to look out for. If you overextend your wrist however then you do risk making the condition worse, and the same applies to repetitive wrist motions.
Carpal tunnel can be exaggerated if you have a poor positioning for your wrists when you are on a laptop or if you continually subject your hands to the vibrations caused by power tools. On top of this, women are three times more likely to develop carpal tunnel when compared to men and the common age for symptoms is between 30-60 and if you have a very high salt intake then you increase your risk even further. The same concept applies if you live a sedentary lifestyle and if you have a BMI that is higher than normal.
People who continually type at keyboards, perform on an assembly line or in the manufacturing industry may also be more at risk and there isn’t much you can do to prevent the problem from happening. You may be able to get a wrist support or you may be able to change the way you type to avoid added stress but at the end of the day, the only way to truly stop it would be to stop performing the action that caused it.