Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a disorder in which the nerves or blood vessels from the neck into the arm, the brachial plexus, are compressed.
Pain, numbness or “pins and needles” can occur from the neck and shoulders down the arm to the hands and fingers.
Chiropractors are experienced at treating thoracic outlet syndrome and are taught to identify which muscles, bones or joints can be causing the compression. This makes chiropractic manipulation and massage techniques an excellent choice of treatment.
Because both nerves and blood vessels may be compressed, there can be a variety of signs and symptoms. Females are far more likely to be diagnosed with TOS than males, and TOS is more common in young adults, between 20 and 40 years old.