Any injury can occur at any time and every patient can be affected differently. This post will focus on thoracic outlet Syndrome(TOS) and how patients can benefit from chiropractic treatment.
What’s thoracic outlet syndrome (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome)?
Let’s first understand what thoracic outlet syndrome is before we can discuss the possible treatment options. As its name implies, thoracic outlet syndrome affects the thoracic spine (the middle region of the torso in your back). It is most common when the blood vessels and nerves between the collarbone (the thoracic outlet) are compressed.
The symptoms and types of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
The type of outlet syndrome can affect the symptoms. There are three main types:
- Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Compression in the Brachial Plexus (nerves controlling arm and hand movement)
- Vascular outlet syndrome – The veins and arteries below the clavicle (collarbone), are compressed.
- Non-specific Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Pain in the same areas as the ones mentioned in the previous two points, but not necessarily due to compression.
The symptoms of thoracic outlet may vary depending on the affected parts.
- A numbing sensation in the fingers
- Pain in the neck and shoulders
- Weak grip
- Arm fatigue
- Pale fingers and hands
What causes thoracic outlet syndrome? (tos)
Physical trauma is the most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. It can also occur due to job-related or sports-related activities.
When treating symptoms such as the neck and thoracic spine, chiropractic care can be beneficial for outlet syndrome.
Chiropractor to treat thoracic outlet syndrome
To determine the best type of treatment, a qualified chiropractor will perform a series of thoracic outlet syndrome testing. A chiropractor can create a customized program for each patient and help to improve their condition.
Many thoracic outlet exercises can be used to alleviate the discomfort and pain experienced by patients. The chiropractor may recommend exercises that patients can do at home. Many people have had positive results from receiving specialized chiropractic care for their injuries.
Do you know anyone who needs chiropractic care for thoracic outlet syndrome or thoracic pain?