The ‘Thoracic Outlet’ describes the compression of nerves (brachial plexus), arteries and veins resulting in pain, and altered sensations in and around the neck, chest and shoulder area. This is a rare syndrome only affecting 8% of the population.
Prevention of an injury can be difficult as injury occurrence is usually a multi-modal. Extensive research has gone into the development of programs designed to address contributing factors of certain common injuries. Two common injury sites in sport are; groin and hamstring and both have been the subject of research articles investigating the efficacy of specific exercise intervention on prevention of injuries to those areas.
We use our hands repeatedly every day so it’s not surprising that sometimes we develop pain and discomfort in our fingers, wrists and forearms. Injuries in the wrist and hand can be caused due to traumatic events (e.g. a fall on an outstretched hand) or overuse, repetitive activities (e.g. computer use, racquet sports).
Finals time for most winter sports is fast approaching and from a physiotherapy perspective this is the time of year that we see a spike in sporting injuries. A lot of these injuries tend to be to parts of the body that have some sort of deficit, be it strength, length or control. It is quite hard to be able to identify these areas yourself and even physiotherapists would find it hard to accurate identify these deficits purely through observation.