Dr. DeRiggi sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Plainview chiropractic office. While some people think that the source of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a condition that arises from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research 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 investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the doctors discovered that the women had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was linked to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less range of motion in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This study is extremely important, as you can't effectively treat a problem until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel symptoms is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, reducing the need for risky surgery.
If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Plainview location and ask how Dr. DeRiggi 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.