What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
We have a plexus of nerves that exit from our neck and provide the sensation and movement that we need to our upper limbs and hands. For various reasons these nerves can sometimes be trapped or compressed which causes radiating symptoms down our arm to our hands.
What are the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, also referred to as TOS, can be due to a variety of causes. Most commonly thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms are associated to very tight neck muscles that pinch the nerves that pass through the area. However, these symptoms can be caused by more serious problems and therefore it is important that we take a full case history and examine you to form an appropriate diagnosis for why the nerves are being irritated.
Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
As the condition name suggests, it is a syndrome. Which means that there is a variety of causes for the condition. Firstly, we must identify the correct
reason for the symptoms you are suffering from and what structures of the body might be causing it. Physical therapy treatment involves addressing
your overall posture with mobilisation and manipulative techniques, as well as providing corrective exercises that will assist you in preventing further
re-occurrence of the thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms.