Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to a group of conditions that develops when there is compression of the nerves, arteries, or veins in the passageway from the collarbone to the first rib called the thoracic outlet. Compression of these structures occurs when the thoracic outlet becomes too narrow which may lead to pain in the shoulders, neck, and arms as well as numbness and tingling in your hands. In most cases, the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome is not preventable; however, this painful condition is treatable at The Brisbane Spine Clinic.
It is interesting to note that a lot of inexperienced practitioners or doctors will misdiagnose this condition as a nerve compression from the neck vertebrae and treat accordingly, with very poor results and a waste of time. Thoracic outlet syndrome happens a lot more frequently than we think, and can be caused by a variety of instances, be it from direct or repetitive trauma such as a football scrum, an incorrect fast bowling technique in cricket, poor serving techniques in tennis or simply poor shoulder posture while sitting.