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IJMDC. 2020; 4(4): 788-792

A study on the effect of occupational activities on the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome in Abha City, Saudi Arabia

Saeed Altheeb, Shaker Alshehri, Abdulmohsen Kardm, Raed Hussain, Mohammed Alamri, Saif Alasmari, Khaled Al Bejadi.


Background: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a syndrome caused by local compression of the median nerve inside the carpal tunnel at the wrist. It is accompanied by a group of symptoms and signs that might lead to dysfunction and ischemia of the nerve. Thyroid dysfunction, fluid retention, and menopause arthritis are heavily linked to CTS. The risk factors linked individually to these ailments can increase the risk of CTS, especially in
women and people with high body mass index (BMI). This study aims to determine the factors associate with the prevalence of CTS across Abha city, Saudi Arabia.
Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study that was conducted during January and February 2019. Data were collected via questionnaires, including individuals whose daily work involved repetitive hand activities and work that requires intensive hand movements.
Results: Almost half of participants reported that they spend between 1 and 2 hours on their phones on average per day. Majority of the respondents were females. The mean BMI for subjects was 25.79 kg/m2 ± 3.45. Occupation and osteoarthritis conditions were sufficiently associated with CTS. More than half of the respondents experienced tingling and numbness, while

Key words: Carpal tunnel syndrome, median nerve, thyroid, arthritis

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