Thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition whose symptoms are caused by the compression of nerves or blood vessels, or both, because of an inadequate passageway through an area between the base of the neck and the armpit (thoracic outlet).
Thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms include neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, numbness and tingling of the fingers, poor circulation in the extremities and flushed sensations.
The diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome results from the symptoms and the findings of the doctor during the examination. Further testing may include electrical tests, such as electromyogram (EMG). Some patients can have X-ray tests, so that the pinched area of the blood vessel involved can be seen clearly.
The appropriate treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome is chosen according to the clinical findings and it is differentiated and individualized for each patient. Generally, we will report that Manual Therapy techniques, nervous tissue mobilizations, body posture correction, etc., have spectacular results.
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