Dr. Slater sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source 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.
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 authors found that the women had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck area, the higher the level of pain.
This study is extremely important, as you cannot successfully treat a problem until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel issues 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 are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office and ask how Dr. Slater 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.