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Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tissues surrounding the flexor tendons in the wrist swell and put pressure on the median nerve. According to the AAOS, many things contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome:
• Heredity — carpal tunnels are smaller in some people, and this trait can run in families
• Hand use over time
• Hormonal changes related to pregnancy
• Age — the disease occurs more frequently in older people
• Medical conditions, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and thyroid gland imbalance