When the blood vessels in our body become compressed – in the area where your collarbone and first rib are located – you will begin to develop disorders that are better known as thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS. The pain that you may feel in your neck or shoulders or the numbness that emerges in your fingers is the direct result of the problems that you have with your blood vessels and nerves in that part of the body. But what causes this condition? And what is the best way to treat TOS to avoid any long-term complications or pain?
What are the causes of thoracic outlet syndrome?
The most common reason why someone would suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome is that they were in a car accident. The trauma that a person experiences from a car accident is often centered on specific parts of the body – the neck, ribs and collarbone area. That is why neck strains are so common after a car accident. If the trauma impacts the area between your collarbone and first rib, there is a chance you will develop TOS.
Another major cause of the condition is the repetitive strain that is put on that part of the body while playing sports. If you regularly play a contact sport where you are hit in that part of the body, the repeated trauma may cause you to develop issues with your blood vessels and nerves. Those issues can translate to the pain and/or numbness you are now feeling.
What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome?
Pain in the neck and shoulders, constant tingling in your fingers, a weakened grip when you hold things in your hands and hand pain are all symptoms of TOS.
What is the treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome?
The best way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome is to seek medical assistance. If you are looking for a natural, drug-free treatment sports medicine may be a good fit. By contacting our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic, you are rest assured to receive the best treatment. Dr. Bob Meyer has 21+ years of experience treating sports injuries and patients with chronic pain. He can diagnose your condition and recommend the ideal sports injury treatment plan to get you healthy and pain-free.