village chiropractors17Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is the painful result of the compression of the nerves and blood vessels at the base of the neck near the collar bone extending to the arm pit (collectively known as the brachial plexus ). These nerves and vessels provide control, strength and feeling to the arms, hands and shoulders. Thoracic outlet syndrome is often attributed to extensive overhead activities, like cleaning or painting, or prolonged forward-reaching activities, such as typing, assembly work, working a cash register or carrying heavy loads over one's shoulder. Symptoms include pain and weakness in the arms, clumsiness when performing tasks with the fingers or hands, stiff and/or painful neck muscles, pain in the chest near the arm pit, or a "pins and needles" feelings in the arms or hands. Treatment includes mobilizing the neck muscles and engaging in treatments designated to keep them from entering spasm to relieve pain and arrest the condition before it becomes worse. Preventive care includes stretching and strengthening exercises to relieve pressure and increase range of motion.

Contact your chiropractor in The Villages & Fruitland Park, Florida, Etheredge Chiropractic for help with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Call today: (352) 365-1191.

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