Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Could the Problem Really be in your Neck?

San Francisco Carpal Tunnel Doctor Comments:

Dia_0011 We have helped thousands of patients with carpal tunnel symptoms over the past 18 years at our downtown San Francisco chiropractic clinics. The reason for this is mainly due to our Financial District location and the hundreds of thousands of office workers we service as our primary patient base.

Notice how I said carpal tunnel symptoms and not carpal tunnel syndrome(CTS).

Sure, we have helped hundreds of San Francisco carpal tunnel syndrome victims…but most patients don't have true CTS…they just have CTS symptoms.

I know this sounds confusing…but it really is simple…I know this because I have taught classes to 10 year olds that get it really quick. And, I have taught classes to hundreds of thousands of adults.

Carpal Tunnel Bone Movement Here's the deal…The nerve involved in CTS is called the median nerve. When you get pressure on the median nerve in the wrist it can cause hand pain, numbness, loss of grip strength, night pain, tingling, forearm pain, and even radiating pain up to the neck. These are the SYMPTOMS of CTS.

Well…where does the median nerve come from? It comes from the neck. That's right…the median nerve originates in the neck and travels down the middle of the forearm and through a passage way in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. Pressure anywhere on the median nerve…even as it forms in the neck can cause the SYMPTOMS of CTS.

In fact…my clinical experience treating thousands of cases of carpal tunnel symptoms tells me that the neck is the main source of nerve pressure with CTS symptoms. And current research supports this.

This is why when we treat carpal tunnel symptoms or even true CTS we work from the neck to the fingertips. We seek to remove nerve pressure and re-establish nerve transmission from the neck to the hands.

Cervical To just focus on the hands when a patient presents with CTS symptoms (even if there are no symptoms in the neck) is sub-standard care. Wrist splints and Motrin for hand pain might be  good  enough every once in a while…but nothing beats a chiropractor that really knows CTS symptoms…and how to treat them.

So there you go. If you or someone you know is suffering with CTS symptoms, your next move should be to find yourself a chiropractor that specializes in upper extremities and CTS…because not all of them do.

If you live or work near downtown San Francisco (some fly in from all over the world) you can visit us at Executive Express Chiropractic at the landmark Embarcadero Center near the Ferry Building.   We can be reached at 415-392-2225 or you can request an appointment online.  

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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0 thoughts on “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Could the Problem Really be in your Neck?

  1. mary

    Thanks for the excellent post! I too have carpal tunnel SYMPTOMS and have been frustrated by the barrage of misinformation out there. I’ve started a CTS blog for the layperson, by the layperson,and I’m linking to you. One question though: can pain along the upper spine (between the shoulder blades) be related to wrist pain?


  2. Dr Eben Davis

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for the nice comments.
    Wrist pain and upper back pain can be linked for sure. The upper back muscles attach to the back of the skull. When the skull moves forward…which happens frequently with people that spend a lot of time on the computer, these muscles spasm. There are nerves that pass through these muscles to the hands. When the tight muscles put pressure on the nerves it can cause CTS symptoms in the hand…very common.

    Dr, Davis

  3. Neck Exercises

    This is a good post but I would also suggest if the problem is coming from the neck to correct the posture. Being able to do simple neck exercises would also help to relieve some tension on the nerves.

  4. Murali

    For people who suffer from severe carpal tunnel syndrome, using a wrist splint help significantly to reduce the pain and tingling sensation in fingers and hands.


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