Dr. Marsh sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy West New York practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that arises 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 doctors found that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also observed 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 range of motion in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you cannot effectively resolve a condition until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgery.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our West New York location and ask how Dr. Marsh 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.