Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Fancy anatomical speak for a group of disorders that can occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and 1st rib are compressed. This can cause pain in the shoulders and neck plus altered sensation, commonly numbness in the fingers.

Reasons Why: It can be trauma from an accident, repetitive activity from work or sport, pregnancy, because ligaments slacken/joints loosen, anatomical abnormality, such as an extra rib and poor posture where shoulders come forward. In addition, the carrying of heavy bags over one shoulder can exacerbate the issue, simply balance the load across both using a rucksack.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is more likely in women than men and common to young adults between 20 and 40 and if symptoms are caught early, you are less likely to sustain progressive nerve damage.
Treatment- Stretching and opening of the muscles of the chest, neck and shoulders will create more space and reduce potential for impingement/compression. Massage and mobilisation of shoulder joint will complement this work.

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Go well. Will

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