October 1, 2013

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This syndrome, usually refereed to as TOS, compresses the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves and arteries, as it passes through the neck into the arm. Patients will usually complain of numbness and tingling into the upper extremity which can have a similar presentation of a cervical disc herniation (see cervical herniation). The key to differentiating the two conditions is with orthopedic testing and diagnostic testing.