Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy State College chiropractic clinic. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
A recent study 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 discovered that the women had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less flexibility in the neck, the greater the level of discomfort.
This study is very important, as you can't effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches like chiropractic care can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel discomfort, call our State College location 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.