Waldorf Total Health Chiropractic & Physical Therapy sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Waldorf, MD 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 studying the subjects' neck range of motion, the authors discovered that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less flexibility in the neck area, the greater the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you can't successfully 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, reducing the need for risky surgical procedures.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Waldorf, MD office and ask how Waldorf Total Health Chiropractic & Physical Therapy 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.