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Injuries can happen at any time, and the severity can affect every patient differently. In this post, we will discuss thoracic outlet syndrome, and we will speak about how patients can benefit from chiropractic treatment for this condition.

What is thoracic outlet syndrome?

Before understanding the treatment options for thoracic outlet syndrome let’s start with what it is. Thoracic outlet syndrome, as its name suggests affects the thoracic spine of the back (the middle of the torso in the back region). It commonly occurs when there is compression of the nerves and blood vessels between the collarbone and the first rib (thoracic outlet).

Thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms and types

Symptoms may vary depending on the kind of outlet syndrome. There are three major types namely:

  • Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome – Compression of the brachial plexus (nerves controlling movement in arms and hands)
  • Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome – veins and arteries under the clavicle (collarbone) are compressed.
  • Non-specific thoracic outlet syndrome – Pain in the same regions as those mentioned in the first two points but not necessarily caused by compression.

Patients may experience the following symptoms depending on what parts are affected:

  • Numbness in the fingers
  • Pain in the shoulders and neck
  • Weak grip
  • Arm fatigue
  • Pale hands and fingers

What causes thoracic outlet syndrome

Poor posture is one of the main reasons patients suffer from pain and compressed nerves. However, injuries caused by sports or accidents can also result in patients suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome. Repetitive movements can also irritate this region of the torso resulting in injuries of this nature and more, according to Fix Body Group.

Chiropractic treatment helps thoracic outlet syndrome

A qualified chiropractor will do a series of thoracic outlet syndrome tests to determine the type and treatment needed. When working with a chiropractor for alternative healing, they will create a tailored program to suit the patient’s condition and work closely to help improve it.

Various thoracic outlet syndrome exercises can help to relieve the pain and discomfort patients experience. A chiropractor can recommend exercises that the patient can do by themselves in the comfort of their home. Many patients have found positive results by receiving specialized chiropractic treatment for their condition and injuries.

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