What are the 3 common places that Thoracic Outlet syndrome can occur and what causes it?
Thoracic outlet syndrom – a person who does a lot of overhead work or with people who hunch over a lot , this head forward posture can cause compression of all the nerves, veins and arteries which go through very small spaces on there way into the arm. There are three usual or common places were you find this happens.
Pathology: Head forward posture can also compress the back of the neck and lead to headaches due to the compression of the greater and lesser occipital nerve. This can happen to anyone who keep there head protrude forward a lot such as a secretary with bad posture.
Scalene/first rib syndrome
Costoclavicular syndrome – the clavicle presses down onto the rib cage impinging the vascular bundle.
- Pec minor syndrome – the peck minor is shortened and pull down the coracoid process and compresses the vascular bundle. This can cause nerve tingling and
- deadness and pain in the hand.
Used to be considered to be a vascular issue but (90% OF these disorders have nerve signs) now it is though to be more often a nerve issue and for some reason the ulnar nerve is the most commonly effected nerve.