Dr. Mulholland sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Anchorage chiropractic office. While some people think that the source 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 published 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 doctors found that the women had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also found 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 can't effectively resolve a condition until you fully understand its cause. By realizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Anchorage office and ask how Dr. Mulholland 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.