Dr. Stern sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Sunnyvale & San Francisco chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin 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.
A recent study printed 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 mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain 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 successfully resolve a condition until you fully understand its cause. 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, eliminating the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Sunnyvale & San Francisco office and ask how Dr. Stern 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.