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TOS Thoracic Outlet Syndrome refers to a group of conditions which result from compression of the neurovascular structures that leaves the neck and traverse the arm. The brachial plexus can be compromised along its path from several different structures. The clinician will perform specifically designed exams to diagnose which location the neurovascular structures are restricted. This condition is common in athletes who constantly perform overhead lifts. Individuals with poor posture may also experience TOS from the shoulders rounding forward which closes down the thoracic outlet. The patient may complain of pain, tingling and numbness in their neck, arm or hand. Treatment will include releasing adhesions between the muscles and nerves with Active Release Technique and chiropractic adjustments to restricted vertebrae.
In the human body we have 12 pairs of ribs which articulate with our breast bone and the vertebrae in our back. There are many ligaments and muscles to keep these ribs attached and in place. These joints are fairly moveable in order for our thoracic cage to expand when we breathe. Rib displacement may occur from an abrupt trauma to the area or even actions such as coughing or sneezing. The patient most commonly feels a sharp stabbing pain between their scapula blades that gets worse with deep breathing. Palpation of the rib joint will elicit tenderness and reproduction of symptoms. Treatment will include Graston technique to tight intercostal muscles and a specific adjustment to the rib head to glide the joint back to its correct position.