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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

Underlying Diseases And Conditions Contributing To CTS

The following diseases and underlying conditions are associated with CTS:

Tendonitis. CTS can arise from irritation and inflammation of the tenosynovium, a slippery substance covering the tendons. Different types of arthritis can directly cause inflammation of the tenosynovium, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, reactive arthritis, and tendonitis. Repetitive stress injuries can also cause tendonitis.

Pregnancy. CTS was found in 28 percent of pregnant women in their third trimester, although 80 percent of the pregnant women with CTS were asymptomatic (Atisook 1995). The condition usually subsides after delivery, although new mothers who maintain a flexed wrist posture while feeding or holding their babies may be prone to CTS (Smith 2003).

Diabetes. Diabetes is also associated with several musculoskeletal disorders of the hand that can be debilitating, including CTS. Maintaining good glycemic control improves or prevents the development of these hand conditions (Schiavon 2004).