• The objectives of treatment of TOS include:

    • Reduce the compression of the nerves and blood vessels in the thoracic outlet region.
    • Relieve the symptoms of numbness and weakness.
    • Restore function to the arm and hand.

    Conservative treatment is usually the first-line approach for the management of patients with TOS. This usually includes Chiropractic adjustments of the spine, shoulder and bones of the arm to open up the constriction within the thoracic outlet and relieve pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. Postural training and muscle strengthening exercises may be used to fortify the area and reduce the likelihood of symptoms returning. Most patients with TOS will improve with conservative treatment and only a small number of patients require surgery.

    We usually see results in as little as 1-2 weeks and often sooner. The recovery time is much shorter than surgery, far less painful and the cost is substantially lower. Often times however there are other areas of constriction in the arm, shoulder or neck that lead to similar symptoms which can also be detected and corrected by a chiropractor who is trained in neurology and orthopedics. Recently the FDA has approved the use of low-level laser therapy for the reduction of pain that has also shown great promise in this area.

    Please contact our office at 1-408-909-7246 for a consultation with our knowledgeable doctors who are specialists in the use of chiropractic and other non-intrusive, non-surgical methods for the relief of thoracic outlet symptoms.