Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic sees a lot of people afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Philadelphia chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a problem that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers found that the women had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel concern was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This study is extremely important, as you cannot successfully resolve a problem until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic care can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel problems, call our Philadelphia location and ask how Bridesburg Spine and Injury Clinic 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.