Natural Carpal Tunnel Treatment with Chiropractic
At Full Motion Chiropractic, Dr. Sagedahl sees a lot of patients struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome at his busy Hopkins 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 authors found that the patients had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, it was also discovered that the degree of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In short, the less mobility in the neck, the greater the level of pain.
This study is very important, as you cannot effectively address a problem until you fully understand its source. By recognizing that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky surgery.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our Hopkins clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sagedahl to learn about how he 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.