Dr. Haycock sees a lot of people afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Massillon chiropractic practice. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a condition that arises 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 doctors discovered that the patients had less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also found that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck, the greater the level of discomfort.
This study is very important, as you cannot successfully address a condition until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic adjustments can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Massillon location and ask how Dr. Haycock 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.