Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy State College chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
A recent study published 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 studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the doctors found that the patients had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you cannot effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our State College office and ask how Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes 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.