Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Tips, Advice, and Recommendations about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that occurs in a wide variety of individuals without a single specific known cause. TOS commonly occurs in young, healthy athletic people who use their arm overhead repeatedly in their sport. While it frequently impacts working adults, the cause of the diagnosis is often unknown. TOS is hard to diagnosis because the origin of symptoms occurs in several different locations.
The 3 most common regions that are involved:
The thoracic outlet is the region of the body between the neck and shoulder. For various reasons, if this space becomes narrowed over time, the subclavian vein (vTOS), subclavian artery (aTOS), or one of the nerves (nTOS) can become pinched and scarred. For example, pitchers and overhead athletes are at risk for TOS because of repetitive overhead motions. The symptoms each person will experience is mostly determined by the structure that is receiving too much compression or tension.