Conditions

THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME

It’s the group of disorder that occur when blood vessel or nerves in the space between the collar bone and the first rib (Thoracic outlet) are compressed this causes pain in the shoulder, neck and numbness in the fingers. Causes of this include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries, from jobs or sports related activities and certain anatomical defects and pregnancy. There are three types of Thoracic outlet syndrome Neurogenic This form is characterized by the compression of the brachial plexus Vascular Thoracic outlet Syndrome It occurs when 1 or more of the veins or the arteries under the collar bone are compressed Nonspecific People with these have chronic pain in the area of the Thoracic outlet that worsens with the activity. Causes Anatomical affects – inherited defects that are present at birth may include an extra rib, located above the first rib that is a cervical rib. Poor postures – Drooping your shoulders or holding your head in a forward position can cause compression in the Thoracic outlet area. Trauma Trauma events like car accident cause internal changes that than compress the nerve in the outlet. Repetitive activity Doing the same thing repeatedly can wear on your body tissues such as typing on a computer, working on a assembly line, or lifting things above the head. Pressure on your joints Pregnancy This is common in young adults and between 20 and 40 years old especially in females. Symptoms & Science 1. Discoloration of the hand 2. Arm pain and swelling 3. Possibly due to blood clots 4. Blood clots in veins or arteries in the upper area of the body. 5. Weak or no pulse in the affected arm 6. Cold fingers hands and arms 7. Numbness and tingling of the fingers 8 . Weakness of arm or neck

THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME