Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in San Diego, CA

Thoracic in San Diego, CAThis injury develops primarily from activities that require repetitious use of the hand and arm.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a constellation of conditions which can result in arm pain, numbness, tingling and fatigue in the upper extremity. Seen in people who use there arms repetitively and with overhead activity. The nerves which emerge from the spinal cord along with the vessels which leave the chest cavity combine in the upper chest and make their way to the arm. At several points along this path irritation and compression can occur between certain muscles, the collarbone and the upper ribs. This condition and it’s diagnosis is complex as symptoms overlap with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome as well as Cervical spine and vascular conditions.

Recognizing this condition and eliminating other causes generally requires a specialist evaluation and studies including x-ray, MRI, ultrasound, neurologic and vascular.  Once other causes are eliminated in the patient with this condition, specific efforts in therapy are generally very effective.  Surgery is reserved for the recalcitrant symptoms.

Location: Neck, Shoulder

AAOS Fact Page: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome