Dr. Ernst sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Arlington chiropractic office. While some people think that the source 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 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers discovered that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, they also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less flexibility in the neck area, the higher the level of pain.
This research is extremely important, as you can't effectively resolve a problem until you fully understand its source. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Arlington location and ask how Dr. Ernst 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.