Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS): Arm Pain, Numbness, and Tingling
Thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS is a group of disorder occurs when the blood vessels or the nerves that go down to your arm get pinched or irritated. It can happen to anyone at any age. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be quite painful. What is worse is that some centers misdiagnose a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome with shoulder pain, neck pain, shoulder impingement syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome. The pinching and irritation of the sensitive nerves or vessels often occur in the space between the collarbone and the first rib. In most cases, the cause is an anatomical defect or variance. These anatomical defects and variations are asymptomatic. Symptoms such as pain, numbness or tingling can manifest over time or result from injury or poor posture.
What are the Common Causes of TOS?
Poor posture like drooping shoulders or holding the head in a forward position is the most common culprit in those that suffer from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome pain.
Another cause is trauma. A traumatic event like a car accident or sports injuries can lead to changes in stability; leading to nerve or vessel compression. Regardless of the cause, our clinical team can help you reclaim your life. So, there is no need for you to live with the pain. We can help. There are two forms of trauma: a major traumatic event or a micro-trauma. Macro-traumatic events are significant traumas we experience in life. These are the slip and falls, car accidents and the sports injuries we suffer. Micro-traumas are the repetitive things we do each day that hurt us.
Occupational Causes of TOS
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome has a strong association with the type of job one has. Occupations that require you to work with hands and arms above the shoulders can lead to a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Thus, it becomes necessary for those that do manual or physical work to get care from our team as soon as symptoms start. Doing so will improve your chance of a speedy recovery.
Additionally, there are several co-condition that often exists alongside a TOS. Conditions such as jaw pain, arm pain, chest pain and even limitation in neck or shoulder movements. Often times, sufferers have difficulty sleeping or performing daily routines. Therefore, it is imperative that you have a thorough assessment of all possible co-condition. Because neglect of the existing co-condition will hamper your recovery. The most common co-condition in a TOS patients is jaw issues or TMJ. In other words, you may need to have your TMJ treated if you have a TOS. TMJ pain and disorder is clinically referred to as a TMD. Visit our center today for a thorough assessment of your TOS and all co-condition. We are Malaysia’s premier spine and joint treatment center.
The Signs and Symptoms of a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
The sign and symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or TOS vary; some will have numbness or tingling in the arm or the fingers region.
Pain in the neck, shoulder, hand, and weakness in grip strength can also manifest in patients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Some patients may even complain of symptoms down the arms, hands or fingers. Regardless of the type or severity of your symptoms, do not ignore a thoracic outlet syndrome. Urgent professional care should be sought immediately. Neglecting your pain can lead to further damage. An untreated thoracic outlet syndrome can result in damage to nerves or vessels.
Damaged nerves and vessels are impossible to treat. Our advice is to get checked out as soon as possible to avoid the nasty pitfalls. In our center, the care you get is a holistic approach, second to none. Our clinical team will use their skills, knowledge and advanced technology to treat even the most challenging case. Best of all, the care you get is non-surgical and non-invasive. That means no surgery or painful injections. Surgery should be the absolute last option.
Can a TOS be Fixed?
TOS or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is reversible. Our clinical team members have treated thousands of patients with a high degree of success. Our methods and systems of care are effective as we target the problems at its roots. We do this by taking precautions in evaluating all aspects of your condition. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists will treat the cause of your pain, so it does not return.
What Makes us the Better Center for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment in Malaysia
We are aware of the ever-expanding list of choices of chiropractic or physiotherapy centers in Malaysia. What sets Chiropractic Specialty Center® apart from others is that we are the pioneers of our field. We were one of the first centers in Malaysia to combine chiropractic treatments with physiotherapy care so that patients will recover better and faster. Additionally, we have technology and skills that no other chiropractic or physiotherapy centers can provide. Our in-depth understanding of root-causes and best non-surgical methods of care is unmatched by others. The first and most significant factor that makes us better is our ability to accurately diagnosis your conditions. Secondly, it is our collaborative methods of TOS treatment that sets us apart from others. Finally, it is our advanced technology.
These are some of the basics of why or how we are better. But, in our opinion, it is our research-based clinical approach to the holistic non-surgical spine, joint and sports injuries that have made us the premier spine and joint center in Malaysia. While many offer therapy for TOS, few offer research-based clinical care.
Published research backs conservative treatments of our method of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome treatment
A recently published article reviewed the effectiveness of clinical chiropractic for a patient that suffered from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Best of all, the arrhythmia she complained of for seven years was resolved as a result of the care she obtained from her chiropractor. To Summarize, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a complicated disorder that requires targeted attention. Short-term fixes, an adjustment here-and-there will not get to the root-causes of TOS. So, if you want the best TOS or Thoracic Outlet Syndrome treatment in Malaysia, Visit one of our centers near you today.
BEST TOS (Thoracic Outlet) Treatment
TOS is Reversible and Treatable without Surgery or Injections
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that is often misdiagnosed by many. Misdiagnosis occurs because Thoracic Outlet pain mimics a shoulder pain or neck pain.
The symptoms of the thoracic outlet are similar to a slipped disc (slip disc) or cervical arthritis (spondylosis: bone spurs in the neck). Diagnosis is the most challenging and hardest part of the care you will get from a center. If the established diagnosis is correct, then your chance of getting the proper treatment from that center will increase. But, yet, if let’s say that they diagnosis your Thoracic Outlet Syndrome a slipped disc or a bone spur, then you can be sure that the care you get will not have much of an impact. In our center, the attention you get is diagnosis specific. Our clinical teams of physiotherapists and chiropractors treat the cause and as such our thoracic outlet patients get better faster. In fact, we succeed when others fail.
The most common symptoms of a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the radiating pain down the arm. The pain may go with tingling or numbness, which is why some have difficulty differentiating this disorder from neck pain and slipped disc. The rampant misdiagnosis is the reason why we encourage those with numbness running to visit our Chiropractors and Physiotherapists. In our center, you can rest assured that the care and diagnosis you get are from a collaborative research-based clinical team that is second to none in Asia.
Our Difference when it comes to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment in Malaysia
Our chiropractors and physiotherapists are research driven and focused team that offers the best possible holistic system of care for spine, joint and sports injuries. We have treated numerous patients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, and the most common denominator was the misdiagnosis and mismanagement of their condition by others.
Are the Differences in treatments of TOS ?
There are differences between treatment center and clinic or hospitals that render care for those with spine, joint or sports injuries.
Treating illness, infections, pathology, and cancer is much different than treating a spine, joint or sports injury. Our center knows these differences; our clinical team treats spine and joint conditions alone. We are not one of those “jacks-of-all-trades” centers, nor do we ever want to be! Thus, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome treatments and diagnosis is part and parcel of the services we offer on a daily basis. Why would you ever go to a center that rarely sees or treats a thoracic outlet syndrome patient? Best of all, our Thoracic Outlet Syndrome treatments are non-invasive: no medication, no injection or surgery. We identify the root-cause and then get busy fixing all the issues.
Diagnosis and treatment of a Thoracic Outlet (TOS)
TOS is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can result from muscle injuries: tears or damage of the anterior scalene muscle can pinch nerves and vessels between the scalene muscles and other structures leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms.
If your pain or numbness increases when you lift your arms above your shoulder, it could mean that your nerves or vessels are getting pinched under the pectoralis minor muscle. Another cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is the impingements of blood vessels and nerves underneath the collarbone. Whatever, the cause our clinical teams of experts have the expertise to evaluate and treat your condition for a speedy recovery.
In most patients, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is an injury with small amounts of tearing in the scalene muscles. The injury can be the result of a vehicular accident, sports or the repetitive daily things you do that microscopically damages the muscle of neck, chest, and shoulders. Collectively these micro-traumatic events (injuries) add up, and over time they can lead to symptoms and pain in the arms and chest.
Carrying heavy purses or heavy school bags are great examples of repetitive traumatic episodes that have resulted in the development of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
What makes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Difficult to Diagnose?
TOS is a difficult condition to pinpoint because the symptoms of the injury are not present at the time of damage.
Unlike a major traumatic event, the symptoms from repetitive injuries of shoulders can develop over time. This delayed reaction is yet another reason why Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is not diagnosed by most as an injury.
In our centers, our experienced chiropractors are your best hope of getting a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome under control. The diagnosis and evaluative part of your condition is the most crucial component. Misdiagnosis can have grave consequences; this holds especially true for those that suffer from a Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
There are cases of thoracic outlet patient getting diagnosed with a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Other misdiagnosis examples include but not limited to radial nerve entrapment, ulnar nerve entrapments, and even a slipped disc. Unfortunately, some even had surgical interventions such as a Carpal Tunnel Release, Radial nerve Release, and even surgical interventions for a slipped disc performed. Will that will not occur in our centers. Our team takes the time to find the cause of your condition. In doing so, we avoid the misdiagnosis trap that other fall into often. Hence, visit one of our centers today for a useful therapeutic measure of your thoracic outlet syndrome that doesn’t include surgery or injections.