Dr. Palmer sees a lot of patients afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Depew chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a problem that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the women had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also found that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel problem was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck, the higher the level of discomfort.
This study is very important, as you cannot successfully treat a condition until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic adjustments can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgery.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel discomfort, call our Depew office and ask how Dr. Palmer can help you get relief!
De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.