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Thoracic Outlet

Pain and Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
 
Do you wake up in the mornings with your arm dead? Or, when your working on your computer or driving your car, do you feel your arm going to sleep? Is it hard to finish your hair in the mornings because you cant hold your arm up? You maybe experiencing symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). TOS symptoms will generally come and go with specific activities, however without treatment the condition can worsen affecting daily activities and quality of life.
 
Causes of TOS Pain
 
TOS usually occurs from some repetitive overuse injury. For example: holding the phone to your ear with your shoulder or having poor ergonomics or sleeping on your side on a firm mattress. TOS symptoms develop from strained muscles in the neck and shoulders pinching nerves and blood vessels that supply the arms. As TOS worsens, any activities that involve reaching will exacerbate symptoms.
 
WILL THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME JUST GO AWAY?
 
The symptoms of Thoracic Outlet may persist or worsen if posture or ergonomics are not corrected or work activities are not modified. In mild to moderate cases of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, oral or injected medication may be prescribed to help inflammation and pain. Medication may provide only partial or temporary relief, so other treatment options should also be considered.
 
The Three Phased Approach to Your Care
 
EXAMINATION: At Lakes Region Chiropractic, we will get to know you and how your pain started. We will perform a detailed exam of your muscles, joints, nerves, and posture. Our exam will help us determine the safest, most effective approach to care.

ADJUSTMENTS: Chiropractic adjustments are highly skilled manual treatments that safely and comfortably restore natural movement and positioning of your joints. Our office utilizes both gentle hands on and instrument assisted adjusting techniques.

EXERCISES: Exercises are unique to your specific condition and comfort level. Our modernized equipment accelerates muscle stretch and strength. We also prescribe at home exercises as a practical and easy way to improve your condition.

Disclaimer: The following general information is provided to assist the reader in developing an awareness of of the many conditions treated by Chiropractors, and of procedures employed in treatment. It is not intended as a substitute for the reader’s consultation with their appropriate primary caregiver, and for an evelauation and recommendation following a comprehensive examination at Lakes Region Chiropractic. ~James Pamplin, DC (Lakes Region Chiropractic)