(HealthDay News) -- Carpal tunnel syndrome involves swelling of a nerve in the wrist that extends into the hand. It can cause pain and weakness, and is typically caused by repetitive motions over a long period of time.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says these activities may cause carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Typing at a computer, especially if the workstation is not set up correctly.
  • Sewing.
  • Painting.
  • Working on an assembly line.
  • Using vibrating tools or hand tools.
  • Playing certain musical instruments.