Dr. Elganainy sees a lot of people afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Burton chiropractic practice. 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.
Recent research 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 authors found that the women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
Furthermore, it was also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel concern 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 study is very important, as you cannot effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic care can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you have carpal tunnel discomfort, call our Burton location and ask how Dr. Elganainy 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.