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Tingling/numbness in the hands?

Do you have tingling and numbness in your fingers? Do you think you have carpal tunnel but modifications and treatment for the wrists haven’t helped? Then maybe it is not carpal tunnel you are suffering from.

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a condition in which blood vessels and/or nerves get pinched in an area between the collar bone and the first rib. There are different types of TOS, differentiated particularly by whether there is nerve compression (the brachial plexus) or vascular compression (arteries/veins). Symptoms of the two types differ but for now I will just combine some of the most common findings.

Common signs and symptoms include but not limited to…

1.   Pale and cold hands and fingers

2.   Weakness in the hands or grip strength

3.   Wasting of the fleshy part of the thumb muscle

4.   Numbness and/or tingling in the hands

5.   Pain in the neck, shoulder, or hands

6.   Weak radial pulses (pulses at the wrist)

7.   Arm fatigue with activity

While some of these signs/symptoms may also be attributed to other problems, TOS needs to be considered. Some causes of TOS include poor posture, trauma to the area, repetitive activity, an anatomical defect, and pregnancy.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, get evaluated here at Northwest Wellness. TOS can be helped by chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, and even acupuncture. Call us here in Federal Way at 253-927-0660 to schedule your appointment.