What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome, or TOS, is a pain syndrome of the neck, chest and upper extremities. Specifically, the brachial plexus, a large network of nerves, leaves the neck and passes to the arm on each side. At the same time, large arteries and veins join the brachial plexus. After they meet, the nerves, arteries, and veins pass together through a series of tunnels to reach the arm. When these tunnels become narrowed, they can compress or stretch the nerves, arteries and veins. As a result, patients with TOS can suffer pain, weakness, abnormal sensations, or blood clots.

While thoracic outlet syndrome was first described 200 years ago, we have come to understand it more fully over the past few decades. We would like to help you understand TOS. We designed the NeoVista® website to help teach the history, causes and anatomy, and different types of thoracic outlet syndrome to patients and doctors.

5 01, 2019

Markelle Fultz’s bizarre injury, explained by a surgeon

By |2019-01-06T13:47:06+00:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?|Tags: , |0 Comments

After a two-year stretch of confusion, frustration, internet conspiracies, and unpredictability, Markelle Fultz, the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2017 No. 1 draft pick who suddenly couldn’t shoot a basketball, was finally diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). This ailment, often [...]

5 01, 2019

Why Athletes are More at Risk for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

By |2019-01-05T08:27:11+00:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

“TOS most frequently occurs in relatively young, active and otherwise healthy individuals, particularly those engaged in heavy lifting or repetitive overhead use of their arms,” said Dr. Parth Shah, director of the Thoracic Outlet Center in the Hartford HealthCare [...]

27 12, 2018

How can I learn about thoracic outlet syndrome?

By |2018-12-27T22:15:27+00:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Featured TOS Blog, What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?|0 Comments

People often ask the best way to learn about thoracic outlet syndrome. Most people have never heard of thoracic outlet syndrome before they receive the diagnosis. But perhaps you have read a story about a famous athlete recently diagnosed with thoracic outlet [...]