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Learn About Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is an relatively unknown problem among the general population. Back and neck pain along with arm pain, numbness, or poor circulation may cause you to seek out back pain treatment in Houston, Texas from a professional who can help. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a disorder that involves the nerves and blood vessels of the shoulder area. The location of the disorder is, more specifically, the anterior aspect of the shoulder where the brachial plexus bundle and subclavian vein meet the 1st rib.Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is common with injury, compression, or irritation of the underlying structures of the shoulder that cause pain, numbness, and/or decreased blood flow.

Unfortunately the underlying cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is not well known. Specialists typically see these patients due to chronic neck and upper back pain, or due to numbness in the affected arm. Some of the most common causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome are; injury to the area, an extra rib (also known as a cervical rib), or tissue/bony anatomy abnormalities. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome also affects those who participate in overhead activities on a regular basis; swimming, baseball, volleyball, softball, etc. Weightlifters who have overdeveloped chest musculature also exhibit signs of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is non-discriminate against age, gender, or activity level. Anyone can be affected by this disorder. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can only be diagnosed by a proper medical professional through x-rays, vascular studies, and nerve conduction studies. Many times the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can be alleviated by doctor recommended physical therapy.

If you are suffering from back or neck pain, arm numbness, or decreased blood flow to your arms, you need to visit a physician. The expert physicians at Advance Spine Institute have diagnosed and treated thousands of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome cases.

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