Risk Factors for Chronic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Reference:Silverstein BA, et al The natural course of carpal tunnel syndrome in a working population Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2010; 36(5):384-393.

The following conclusions were reached in this 2010 long-term study on carpal tunnel syndrome:

One-year persistence of CTS was 44% for the dominant hand and 52% for non-dominant hand.

The risk factors included:



  • Higher job demands
  • Lower job satisfaction
  • Lower general health
  • Higher exposure to vibrating hand tool use
  • Greater time using a forceful power gripConclusion in a Nutshell:

    Sometimes Physio interventions for CTS may not be successful, despite, recommending a night splint, ultrasound, neural mobilizations, myofascial releases, etc….
    in almost 50% of patients, perhaps the 5 above-mentioned factors need to addressed before the CTS is resolved!
    Posted on: December 27, 2010

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