Using multiple techniques, your therapist will work to mobilize the tissues of the neck, shoulder, and arm. They'll instruct you on exercises that target specific areas of the upper arm, back, and neck to increase your strength and improve range of motion. In addition, your physical therapist can teach you strategies for helping minimize your symptoms while performing daily activities, placing less stress on the structures contributing to your TOS.
Those with this condition may experience:
If these symptoms seem familiar, don't wait!
The sooner you get help with your pain, the faster your recovery will be.
We offer FREE 15-minute screenings for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
A physical therapist will evaluate one area of concern and present their recommendations for treatment.
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How can Physical Therapy help?
Thoracic outlet syndrome can be a painful and frustrating condition, especially when it inhibits a person's work or their daily activities. Diagnosing TOS can be challenging because the symptoms vary greatly among patients with the disorder depending on the location of the compression.
The good news is that it's treatable and a majority of neurogenic TOS patients find relief through conservative treatment in physical therapy. Proper management of TOS requires an understanding of the disorder's underlying causes. A comprehensive examination by a physical therapist can reveal bony and soft tissue abnormalities and mechanical dysfunctions contributing to an individual's TOS symptoms.
Through the evaluation, your physical therapist will design a rehabilitation program that focuses on specific problems identified to develop a treatment plan that is specific to you. The goal is to ease discomfort and improve your ability to perform daily activities.
If you suffer from pain or numbness in your arm or hand, a visit to your physical therapist could lead to answers and relief.
An Overlooked Condition
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a frequently overlooked condition causing pain in the neck, shoulders, and down the arm due to compressed nerves or blood vessels. Often observed in overhead athletes and those whose jobs require repetitive upper extremity movement, there are certain factors which increase the risk of developing TOS:
While the majority of TOS cases are diagnosed between the ages of 20-50 years of age, TOS can occur in teenagers and sometimes even pediatric patients. Women are three to four times more likely to develop neurogenic TOS; those who work as computer programmers, secretaries, construction workers, factory workers, or have recently experienced a neck trauma (such at whiplash) are at a higher risk of developing this condition. In some cases, TOS can even be brought on due to certain anatomical defects, such as having an extra rib.