Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
TOS refers to a group of disorders that cause pain and dysfunction in the upper body. As the condition’s prevalence is on the rise, it is important that we take note of its causes so that we can more effectively treat the condition at its source.
The space between the collarbone and the first rib is called the thoracic outlet, a complex network of nerves and blood vessels that become compressed. The most common causes of TOS include:
- Traumatic injury
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Anatomical deficiencies
- Poor posture
- Pressure on the joints
Symptoms range from mild to severe, including numbness and tingling in the upper extremities, pain in the neck and shoulders, and weakness in the extremities. So how do we go about diagnosing and treating TOS?
Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Westwood
The actual cause of thoracic outlet syndrome cannot always be determined. Often it is the result of an amalgamation of factors both within and without the patient’s realm of control. Nonetheless, most people see improvement in their condition through the use of conservative therapies like chiropractic care. At our office in Westwood we combine the following modalities to alleviate compression in the thoracic outlet and relive pain:
- Manual adjustments that seek to restore normal joint function
- Instrument-assisted adjustments to restore normal joint function
- Manual trigger point therapy
- Stretching and corrective exercise
- Myofascial release
- Postural adjustment
Our goal is to combine multiple therapies that give you the best chance of overcoming TOS. It all begins with a proper diagnosis- if you want to find out more about thoracic outlet syndrome, give our office in Westwood a call to schedule an appointment today.