Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Center
What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
If you don’t know much about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), you’re not alone.
Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is not a common condition. Less than 2% of the population is diagnosed with some form of thoracic outlet syndrome. There is not a widespread understanding or recognition of the disease process, but below is a general overview.
Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to a collection of symptoms that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet (space between the collarbone and first rib) are compressed. This can cause a variety of symptoms depending on what structures are compressed.
It takes great expertise to determine whether a patient is suffering from TOS or something else. The symptoms often overlap with rotator cuff injuries, cervical disc disorders, cervical dystonia, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, tumors of the spinal cord and other conditions.