In today’s newsletter, we will examine one of the possible causes, known as Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It is a condition that causes pain in the neck, shoulders, and down the arm due to compressed nerves or blood vessels. The small passageway through the thoracic outlet (the area located between your neck and armpit) can be blocked, restricting blood flow and nerve transmission to vital tissues in the arm and hands.
Some factors that might cause a blockage include:
Unfortunately, there is no specific cause found for thoracic outlet syndrome. Symptoms must be evaluated on an individual basis. Extensive tests are often conducted to diagnose a true thoracic
outlet syndrome.Here’s a quick and easy way to determine if you or someone you know might be suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome..
Common signs include:
If these symptoms seem familiar, a visit to your medical practitioner could lead to answers and relief, often using conservative treatment options. These include include exercises supervised by experienced physical therapists or exercise professionals.
If you’re suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease your discomfort.
Gentle stretches, progressive strengthening and postural reeducation go a long way to treat this condition. We recommend that you diligently follow our exercise program. Our commitment to quality and pain relief assures you a comprehensive evaluation and a specific, targeted program to
help you recover quickly. The treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome can be conservative, but may require surgery in some cases. The sooner we see you, the more we can do to help you recover.
A comprehensive rehabilitation program, the kind that we provide, will help strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder so that they are better able to support the involved region. Here’s what you may be looking at, in terms of treatment options:
Thoracic outlet syndrome can be a painful and frustrating condition, especially when it inhibits a person from enjoying daily activities. The good news is that thoracic outlet syndrome is treatable, often times with stretching exercises (among other treatments) that your physical therapist and rehabilitation team recommends.
As with every condition, the sooner you come in for help with your pain, the faster your recovery will be.
Schedule your consultation with us today to be on the road to recovery.