How does thoracic outlet syndrome cause upper cervical and upper thoracic pain or dysfunction?

Today we dive deep into the primary causes, types, symptoms, and effective treatment modalities for TOS. From neurogenic to vascular and non-specific TOS, explore how compression of nerves and blood vessels in the thoracic outlet can lead to upper cervical and thoracic pain or dysfunction. Learn about essential orthopedic tests like the East Test, Adson’s Test, and Upper Limb Tension Test that help diagnose TOS accurately. Chiropractic care’s role in treating musculoskeletal TOS is explored, along with insightful stretching exercises for relief. Subscribe for more informative content and share your thoughts in the comments below!

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