Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is the result of pressure of a nerve bundle in the neck between the collar bone and a rib caused by a spasm of the scalenus muscle or a congenital misplacement of the muscle into the first rib. Symptoms of TOS are weakness, tingling, numbness of the arm and portion of the hand as well as heaviness of the upper extremities and headaches. In many patients with whiplash who do not respond to conventional therapy, doctors often overlook or misdiagnose the Traumatic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome as a congenital problem. According to Kai et al. (2001), ‘A special type of EMG is essential in diagnosing this syndrome, but there is no effective long term therapy for these patients.’ (p. 492). This gives some answers to why victims of whiplash type injuries suffer chronic, long term pain and symptoms.
Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can include neck, shoulder, and arm pain, numbness, or impaired circulation to the extremities. Frequently symptoms are reproduced when the arm is positioned above the shoulder or extended. Some patients can have a wide variation of symptoms from mild and intermittent, to severe and constant. Sometimes the pain can extend to the fingers and hands, causing weakness.
There are many different types of injuries that can happen in a car accident. Call your Maitland Chiropractor today 407-629-5333 to discuss non-surgical pain relief options.