Dr. Myers sees a lot of patients troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Asheville chiropractic practice. 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.
A recent study printed 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 doctors discovered that the patients had less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also observed that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This research is very important, as you cannot effectively treat a condition until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky operations.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel pain, call our Asheville office and ask how Dr. Myers 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.