Occupational factors and carpal tunnel syndrome

Am J Ind Med. 1987;11(3):343-58. doi: 10.1002/ajim.4700110310.


Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most commonly reported nerve entrapment syndrome. The prevalence of CTS among 652 active workers in jobs with specific hand force and repetitiveness characteristics was estimated. The prevalence of CTS ranged from 0.6% among workers in low force-low repetitive jobs to 5.6% among workers in high force-high repetitive jobs. When controlling for potential confounders, the odds ratio for the high force-high repetitive jobs was more than 15 (p less than .001) compared to the low force-low repetitive jobs. High repetitiveness appears to be a greater risk factor than high force (odds ratio of 5.5 p less than .05 versus 2.9 and not statistically significant).

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hand / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*
  • Occupations
  • Risk