Neck and back conditions-Thoracic outlet syndrome

The condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome often produces a diffuse irritation of the arm as well as numbness and tingling in the arm. Usually the numbness runs down the inside of the arm and down to the ring finger and little finger. Usually the condition is made worse with overhead activity.
The cause of thoracic outlet may involve several areas. First, tight muscles in the side of the neck may come into play. The scalene muscles in the side of the neck may irriate the nerves of the arm (brachial plexus) and cause symptoms in the arm. The pectorals are also known to be involved with thoracic outlet. Often the upper ribs are involved with impinging the brachial plexus. Often muscular compression of the brachial plexus is associated with seated positions at work and forward head position. In some cases and injury may be associated with the start of symptoms.
Chiropractic management of thoracic outlet is often very effective. Postural correction is an important factor as well. The forward head position which is very common in office and other types of work is often a contributory factor. Stretching of the muscles of the chest and side of the neck is valuable as well. Generally, exercises for thoracic outlet should focus on the strengthening of the muscles of the back and stretching of the muscles of the chest. Neck extension exercises may also be beneficial for thoracic outlet syndrome. Myofascial release to the scalene muscles (the side of the neck) is highly recommended as well. Chiropractic manipulation of the first rib on the side of irritation is also known as an effective procedure. Most often conservative management is effective with relatively few people needed to go on to consult an Orthopedist.

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