Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition where the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist is irritated or pinched. Most people in Springfield, New Jersey, probably hold the common view that carpal tunnel syndrome is only caused by repetitive wrist movement. This factor does increase a person’s risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, but there is some medical evidence that carpal tunnel can also be hereditary. Two genetic factors in particular are likely to increase your risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. 

  1. Carpal tunnel size

Your genes are responsible for many physical aspects of your body. Some of these include things like eye color and hair color. These physical characteristics are inherited from your parents. One reason that medical professionals believe carpal tunnel syndrome is hereditary in some people is that genes affect the size of the carpal tunnel. 

Smaller carpal tunnels most commonly occur in women. However, anyone who has a history of carpal tunnel syndrome in their family could have a narrower carpal tunnel. The narrower passage through the wrist typically increases the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. This is because it takes less tunnel wall or ligament inflammation to lead to median nerve irritation in a smaller carpal tunnel. 

  1. Risk-increasing health conditions

Another factor that could mean your carpal tunnel syndrome is hereditary is an inherited health condition. An example of such a condition is type II diabetes. This is a genetic condition where the body isn’t able to use insulin to regulate blood sugar as well as it should. People with type II diabetes are more likely to develop inflammatory conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. Certain types of arthritis can also be inherited genetically. These genetic joint conditions can easily cause inflammation in the wrist and lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation in Springfield offers treatment for carpal tunnel

Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is proud to have a clinic in Springfield. One issue our team here can assist people with is carpal tunnel syndrome. We offer complimentary screenings to help you get started with your treatment process. We’ll use the information from this screening to build a treatment plan that’s personalized to your needs. Our treatments usually include several different methods, such as: 

Are you ready to get help with your carpal tunnel syndrome? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.