Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports about 28,000 CTS cases a year. Because so many sufferers opt for surgery, it has become the leading cause of lost workdays in the United States.

Women are more likely to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) than men. Of the 31,457 cases reported during a recent year, 71 percent were women. They spent an average of 30 days off of work.

Industries most commonly affected include production workers in food processing and clothing manufacturing, typists who work at keyboards for hours on end, and construction workers who use tools which vibrate, such as jackhammers.

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently estimated that almost 3 percent of adults in the United States may suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome at some point in their lives. The article quoted a workers’ compensation specialist and disability management expert who agreed, saying Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is at epidemic levels in the U.S. He told the Journal that more than half of the cases are not work related. His claim was backed by a number of studies, including a report by a workers’ compensation management and cost containment firm which found that 15 percent of companies’ new employees had already suffered from median nerve compression before they came onto the job.

According to the Journal, researchers found that a number of factors give employees a predisposition to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), including gender, vitamin deficiencies, obesity and personality.


The Journal cited a study unveiled at an Australian College of Surgeons conference which found that about 70 percent of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) sufferers are women. Furthermore, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) was more common among women who were diabetic, obese, menopausal-age and who smoked.

The Journal went on to say that middle-aged women have a much higher susceptibility for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) than men mostly because of the hormonal changes that take place during menopause. Expectant moms are also at risk because of the fluid build-up and vitamin B1 shortage that occur during pregnancy.


The Journal went on to cite findings published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine which found that 10 month of following an aerobic exercise program had a very positive effect at improving nerve function and reducing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms.

Weight reduction resulted in better circulation and improved oxygen consumption – reducing the chances of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Vitamin deficiency

The Journal also cited another study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine which found that a shortage of the mineral supplement pyridoxal 5 phosphate and vitamin C could be a factor.

What is pyridoxal 5 phosphate? It’s a form of vitamin B6, comprised of three natural organic compounds, pyridoxal, pyridoxamine and pyridoxine. Is it important?

Medical science dislikes having to admit that it doesn’t understand a great deal about how the human body works – but the reality is that doctors really do not know what role some compounds play. For example, it is known that aspirin works, but physicians will give you a variety of theories why.

Thus it is with vitamins. They are important. They work.


Can personality play a role? What is “personality” anyway? It has been defined as those character, behavioral, temperamental, emotional and mental traits that make each person unique – those distinctive qualities of a person, especially those distinguishing personal characteristics that make us unique.

Author and psychiatrist Dr. Martin Rush, who wrote the bestselling Decoding the Secret Language of Your Body, describes treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) patients who, he observes, invariably have a history of being unable to accomplish what they seek in their lives. It can range from a happy marriage to success on the job – or the ability to buy their own home or drive the kind of car they desire.

Incredibly, he relates, after psychiatric therapy, their Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) symptoms would clear up.

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