Dr. Matthisen sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Anchorage chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really 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 researchers discovered that the women had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also observed that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort 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 address a problem until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Anchorage location and ask how Dr. Matthisen 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.