Dr. David Groneck sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Humble chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research 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 authors discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you can't successfully treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Humble office and ask how Dr. David Groneck 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.