Table Of Contents
- What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and How To Treat It In Malaysia?
- What Are The Common Signs & Symptoms Of Thoracic Outlet Problems?
- What Are The Differences Between Neck Pain, Slipped Discs & Thoracic Outlet Pain
- Is There Any Self-Test To Confirm A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
- What Is Compressed In A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
- What Is The Best Treatment Option For Thoracic Outlet Patients In Malaysia?
What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and How To Treat It In Malaysia?
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a complex disorder that impacts the neck, upper back, chest, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. It results from compression of blood vessels or nerves in the neck. The most common cause of these compressions is muscular issues coupled with neck and upper back spine disorders. To recover, you need targeted care that fixes and repairs damaged tissues without surgery or injections.
Surgical procedures for a thoracic outlet syndrome are entirely unwarranted. They are unnecessary, as the condition is easily treatable with focused therapy regimens. SUrgery has far more significant harmful impacts than the possible benefits it provides patients with thoracic outlet disorder.
Steroidal injections are useless in patients with thoracic outlet syndrome. Injecting steroids into the muscles leads to degenerative changes that may not be reversible. Besides, it only offers a limited reduction of pain for 1-2 weeks. In light of its short-term effects and the harm it produces, it is far better to opt for non-invasive therapy procedures.
What Are The Common Signs & Symptoms Of Thoracic Outlet Problems?
TOS results from compression of nerves, arteries, or veins; as such, it is classified as a neurovascular compressive disorder of the neck. The good news is that thoracic outlet syndrome is treatable. Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers the best treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome pain resulting from the compression of the cervical neurovascular (nerves, arteries, and veins).
TOS or thoracic outlet syndrome or problems can cause a host of issues, including:
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain or pain between the shoulder blades
- Chest pain
- Shoulder pain
- Arm pain
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in shoulders, arms, elbows, hands, or fingers
Please read our related post for detailed information on common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome.
What Are The Differences Between Neck Pain, Slipped Discs & Thoracic Outlet Pain
Thoracic outlet syndrome or TOS is a common cause of neck pain. Neck pain caused by slip-disc is somewhat different than the TOS. In slipped disc, the pain in the neck is the result of pinched spinal nerves. These impingements are caused by nerve compression in the spine. In the Thoracic outlet pain patients, the compression occurs due to neck muscle issues or problems with the first rib. The first rib should be attached to the first thoracic segment. The first rib attaches to the last neck segment in about 3-5% of the population. Cervical ribs are common causes of nerve compression that cause thoracic outlet syndrome pain.
Is There Any Self-Test To Confirm A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
Roo’s test is the easiest self-assessment for thoracic outlet syndrome. It is quick and highly accurate. Roo’s test has better sensitivity for provoking symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. This test requires the patient to adapt to the “surrender position,” which involves hyperabduction and external rotation of the arm. The patient is instructed to open and close the hands for 1-3 minutes. The elbow is bent and abducted (raised) to 90 degrees and externally rotated to compress the neurovascular structures and provoke the symptoms. The shoulder blades need to be evaluated to check for abnormal movement and position of the scapular.
What Is Compressed In A Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
The site of compression of the thoracic outlet syndrome changes the main focus of the treatment. However, there are a few treatments that are suitable for most cases of TOS. The health practitioner should correct the drooping shoulders, poor posture, and poor body mechanics of the patient by teaching them proper positioning while sitting, standing, and lying down.
What Is The Best Treatment Option For Thoracic Outlet Patients In Malaysia?
The best treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome in Malaysia consists of combined care given by chiropractors and physiotherapists.
A corrective chiropractor can help realign your spine, shoulders, collarbone, and ribs. You will also need physiotherapy combined with chiropractic care. A clinical physiotherapist can help stretch and strengthen the muscles and ligaments of your spine and joints for faster recovery. Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC) is the best center for conservative management of thoracic outlet syndrome in Malaysia. Our combined chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments are enriched with breakthrough technologies that competing centers do not have in Malaysia.
Manual therapy such as stretching, trigger point therapy, soft tissue mobilization, scapular mobilization, and scapula-thoracic mobilization can address tight muscles and restricted tissues.
Restoration of the accessory motion at the sternoclavicular and acromioclavicular joints can be achieved by mobilization of the first rib. Side-bending and chin-tuck exercises help stretch the neck’s soft tissues and strengthen the deep neck muscles. These exercises can correct anterior head carriage. CSC physiotherapists and chiropractors in Kuala Lumpur can give thoracic extension and brachial plexus stretching exercises to reduce the tension in the muscles and neural structures.
Chiropractic Specialty Center® offers chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy for thoracic outlet syndrome in Malaysia. Our focused non-surgical treatments are what you need to recover from pain, numbness, and tingling sensation in the arm, forearm, or hand. For more information or inquiries, please get in touch with us at 03-2093 1000.