Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
The thorax is the neck/chest area of the body.
The thoracic outlet is sometimes also referred to as the thoracic inlet (!). It is the area of the neck where the nerves that serve the arm exit from the spinal column.
When the muscles in this area of the neck become tight they can press on these nerves causing symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling down the arm.
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a common symptom of RSI conditions. It is a progressive condition that can be caused by bone deformity, poor posture, immune or metabolic disorders (for example, rheumatoid arthritis, or diabetes), trauma and even pregnancy, which can cause postural changes.
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