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Does carpal tunnel start in the neck?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is largely understood to start in the wrist. Inflammation causes irritation on the nerves of the wrist, causing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. You can read more about carpal tunnel here in our carpal tunnel guide, and part 2 here.

But what if carpal tunnel isn’t just in the wrist? What if, instead of being a problem of the wrist, it was a problem of the median nerve at various places in the neck, shoulder, arm, and forearm?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is nerve pain

You see, nerve pain in the arm is often a common symptom of people with neck problems. Neck problems like:

  • disc degeneration,
  • loss of cervical curve,
  • arthritis, and
  • chiropractic subluxations of the neck

That is because the nerves of the arm all start their journey by leaving from the the neck.

The branches of the median nerve start in the neck and the shoulder.They come together in branches from the middle and lower parts of the neck, traveling down below the shoulder joint in a configuration called the brachial plexus. Depending on which branch of the brachial plexus is irritated or compressed, medicine has several different names of conditions.

For example, the median nerve, the nerve involved in carpal tunnel syndrome, can be irritated in the elbow, and there is causes something called Pronater Teres syndrome. If it is irritated at the forearm, it is caused Anterior Interossseous Syndrome.

Double crush syndrome and carpal tunnel syndrome

Regardless of where the symptoms are, it is still the same nerve, and its upper most portion still travels from the neck, below the shoulder, and down the arm. Which means any irritation in the neck is more likely to show up as irritation and symptoms down stream.

This theory is called the double crush theory. And while it still needs more research, it can explain why patients who appear to have more than one irritation to the nerves of their arm don’t always respond well to carpal tunnel surgery.

If the carpal tunnel symptoms are partially coming from the patient’s neck or shoulder, then surgery on the wrist is not going to solve irritation in the neck or the shoulder.

Does that make sense?

So, how do you know if irritation above your wrist is contributing or even causing your carpal tunnel syndrome. A great choice is to talk to the people that can gently address the problem joint alignment that is responsible for this irritation! Our Omaha upper cervical chiropractic practice, with its focus on the health of the neck in particular, is a great place to find out if you can help heal yourself from carpal tunnel, with better spinal alignment.

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Is your chronic pain lying to you?

It’s reasonable to think that your problem is where the pain is. After all, that’s how everyone thinks about their pain. Especially when it comes to those chronic aches that drive people to pop painkillers, take sinus medications, and apply those stinky muscle ointments.

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Now golfs without pain

This is wonderful! Before NUCCA I could only walk a block before my back tightened up so badly I had to turn around and go home to put on ice. Now I play golf and walk all over with no pain. I can even vacuum more than one room at a time. With gratitude, –Don Continue Reading

NUCCA Healing Stories

Check out some of our patient testimonials below!

High blood pressure improves

Terry

Just wanted to let you know how my blood pressure went down from over 145-155/85-90 down to 120/70. I had a life insurance physical shortly thereafter and the results were so outstanding that I got the Preferred Best rating.

All that for a 68 year old who has had problems with hypertension for the last 5 years. You said we could give NUCCA a try and it sure worked well for me.

Help with jaw pains and migraines

Kris

I have had migraines and jaw pain for years and they are all gone after only a few visits. I am so grateful and can’t wait to see the results my husband gets.

Off of allergy medication

Brian

I was a sickly kid and have had bad allergies my whole life. I have not had to take allergy medicine since the first correction and am thrilled. It is so great to be able to breathe again and not take medicine that I know has harmful side-effects. It is easier to get through my whole day. Thanks.

No headaches now, with deeper sleep

Carrie

I used to have headaches, really bad ones, at least once a week.  I haven’t had one since I came to your office. I sleep deeper and just have a better sense of well-being. I am so glad I found out about you.

I wanted less anxiety – I got that, plus more than I bargained for

Sam

I feel great – no shoulder tightness. All I wanted was to have less anxiety and I got that…and more than I bargained for. My wife and daughter feel great after NUCCA too. Thank you, Marcy.

Better balance while dancing

Dani

I feel very square and my balance in dance class and when teaching is really improved. I told my husband and a friend that they just have to come to see you.

I was very skeptical – worth the trip

Dan

I was very skeptical about NUCCA, but tried it after a work injury. My shoulder was numb, painful and tingly before driving several hours to see Dr. Ziska. Well, the tingling and numbness are gone and I have pain much less often. It was worth the trip!

No more back pain after one visit

Cari

This is great! No more back pain just after one visit. I feel great as a result of NUCCA care.