Dr. Craig Selzer sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Bay Shore chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research 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 women had reduced cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you can't effectively treat a problem until you fully understand its cause. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Bay Shore office and ask how Dr. Craig Selzer 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.