Dr. Vinick sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Redondo Beach chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a condition 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers found that the patients had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less range of motion in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you cannot effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Redondo Beach office and ask how Dr. Vinick 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.