Conservative physiotherapy management should be the first strategy to treat TOS since this seems to be effective at decreasing symptoms, facilitating return to work and improving function.
Few studies have evaluated the optimal physiotherapy exercise program as well as the difference between a conservative management and no treatment. Conservative management includes physical therapy, which focuses mainly on patient education, pain control, and range of motion, nerve gliding techniques, strengthening and stretching.
The aim of the initial stage of physiotherapy is to decrease the patient’s symptoms. This may be achieved by patient education, in which TOS, bad postures, the prognosis and the importance of therapy compliance are explained.
Furthermore some patients who sleep with the arms in an overhead, abducted position should get some information about their sleeping posture to avoid waking up at night. These patients should sleep on their uninvolved side or in supine, potentially by pinning down the sleeves.
Also cervical traction in combination with a hot pack and light exercise may reduce pain and irritable symptoms for some acute patients.
Our physiotherapists usually do a proper assessment to educate you about the root cause of the problem. They may recommend proper ergonomic positioning or Postural brace to speed up the process of recovery.
If you have any of the above symptoms call us now and book an appointment with our physiotherapist today @ 905 997 4333