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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a common symptom after an auto collision, and it's something that Dr. Matthisen sees frequently in our Anchorage office. What causes thoracic outlet syndrome after an auto injury? How can a chiropractor help?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of nerves and blood vessels that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These nerves and blood vessels don't have a lot of room, so they travel under and between the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a collision, these muscle groups can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and sore, and they can develop scar tissue which restricts movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Anchorage Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Dr. Matthisen will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Dr. Matthisen has been helping patients in Anchorage since 1995, so we know what you're going through. We're here to help you, too. Dr. Matthisen will first determine what's causing your pain and then work to restore your body to its natural functioning. Call us today at (907) 349-4212 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment.