Dr. Pittman sees a lot of people troubled with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy San Angelo chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.
Recent research published 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 less cervical flexibility when compared to a healthy control group.
In addition, they also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel discomfort was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck, the higher the level of pain.
This research is extremely important, as you can't effectively address a problem until you fully understand its source. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel issues is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches such as chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.
If you have carpal tunnel pain, call our San Angelo location and ask how Dr. Pittman 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.
Dr. Pittman has been practicing in San Angelo since 2003 and has been privileged to have the opportunity to help over 2500 new patients from all over our area during that time.