Dr. Harrell sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Tumwater chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
A recent study printed 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 patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less flexibility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This study is extremely important, as you can't effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Tumwater office and ask how Dr. Harrell 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.