Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) refers to the compression of nerves and/or blood vessels in the opening at the base of the neck or armpit. The first opening of the thoracic outlet is called the scalene triangle and it is an area where a bundle of nerves and a major artery pass through and can be compressed. The second significant opening of the thoracic outlet is the sub-pectoralis space and it is also an area where nerves and blood vessels can become compressed. Having bony abnormalities, such as an extra rib, having tightness/adhesions in certain muscles, and trauma are just some of the reasons to have symptoms of TOS.
Common symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome are pain in the neck, pain in the upper chest, pain in the armpit, discoloration of the hand, weakness of the arm/hand, and tingling in the arm/hand. The pain is commonly described as a sharp, burning, aching, or throbbing sensation.
The Chiropractors at Mountainview Chiropractic Center will assess the neck/shoulder as well as the surrounding structures to determine the appropriate treatment protocol for the patient.
The practitioners treat thoracic outlet syndrome by:
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint motion
- Myofascial release to release adhesions in damaged tissue and take stress off the affected areas
- Rehabilitation exercises to provide stability within the neck and shoulder
- Stretching exercises to lengthen “tight” musculature
- Postural assessment to discuss limiting these stressors
We have a history of treating patients with thoracic outlet syndrome very effectively!
We would love to help you reduce your shoulder/arm pain!