Dr. Kallio sees a lot of people afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Lincoln chiropractic practice. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's actually a syndrome that comes from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research printed 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 less cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also found that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was related to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck area, the higher the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you can't successfully treat a problem until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic care can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you are suffering from carpal tunnel discomfort, call our Lincoln location and ask how Dr. Kallio 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.