Thoracic outlet syndrome has claimed it’s latest victim. That victim is New York Mets starting pitcher, Matt Harvey. The report is that Harvey is looking at surgery. Surgery for this problem usually means cutting out part of one of your ribs.
So what is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
“Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.”
I will preface the rest of this post by stating that I don’t know the specifics of Harvey’s condition.
What I do know is that you have a player who is getting nerve symptoms. So his doctor has to be checking the nerves ability to move. As a person moves their body, their nerves have to floss through muscles and bones. Just like floss moves through your teeth.
The tragedy is that the majority of doctors fail to find adhesion. Of those few that do find it, most do not know how to fix it. In Harvey’s case the adhesion would be between the nerve and the muscles it passes through. This is called a nerve entrapment. The adhesion does not allow the nerve to floss as it should. This leaves the person with nerve symptoms.
I would love to be able to feel his nerves as they move through the muscles on the side of his neck and through his armpit. I can almost guarantee he has adhesion and a nerve entrapment.
On a daily basis I use very specific treatments to break down adhesions and free up nerve entrapments in this exact area. Patients respond very well and won't need any ribs cut out or miss months of work as they recover from surgery.