Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Crashes

We work with many car accident cases in in our Anchorage office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common problem after an auto injury? How can chiropractic care help you heal?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves 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 through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become swollen and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits motion 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 suffering from. 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.

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