Dr. Holland sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy North County St. Louis, MO 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.
Recent research printed in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy evaluated 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers found that the patients had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This research is extremely important, as you cannot successfully resolve a problem until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our North County St. Louis, MO office and ask how Dr. Holland 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.