Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common problem after a car crash, and it's something that Dr. Ernst sees frequently in our Arlington, WA office. Chiropractic is an excellent way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Let's look at how thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a crash and how Dr. Ernst can help you.
The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of space, so they pass underneath and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.
In a crash, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If damaged, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts motion and puts stress on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the wrist. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.
Arlington, WA Thoracic Outlet Treatment
Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Ernst will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.
If you've been hurt in a car crash and you're struggling with thoracic outlet syndrome, Dr. Ernst is here to help. The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis to determine what's causing your symptoms and then we will determine an appropriate treatment plan of action. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (360) 659-8464 and we'll get you back on the road to health.