What comes to mind when I say “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?” It sounds pretty horrible, but it really isn’t, even in Broomfield, Colorado.
A “syndrome,” you see, is just a collection of symptoms. In this case, it’s just a numbness or tingling caused by the impingement of the Brachial Nerve Plexus. The Brachial Nerve Plexus comes out of the neck and goes down the arm. It innervates the whole arm and the whole hand. I did a video on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which affects the palm of the hand because it only impacts the median nerve. This effects the whole bundle of nerves that innervate the whole arm and hand, so it’s going to make your whole hand go numb, and possibly your arm as well. There are four impingement sites for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: This can happen between the vertebrae in the neck; it can happen between some muscle called scalenes in your neck; it can be caught underneath your clavicle, or collarbone; or they can get caught under a very important muscle called pectoralis minor. Sometimes when the impingement happens in the chest, it will also catch a blood vessel and make your hand get cold. This is all very treatable. Contact me and let’s help you feel better.Join the conversation on Facebook Join me on Twitter