Dr. Kaden sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndromein our busy Redondo Beach chiropractic office. 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 published 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 studying the subjects’ neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the patients had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also found that the level of the women’s reported carpal tunnel discomfort was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you cannot effectively resolve a condition until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Redondo Beach location and ask how Dr. Kaden 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.