Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a disorder in which the Brachial Plexus (Nerve supply to 
Upper Extremity) and/or subclavian vessels (main arteries and veins supplying the upper extremity) are compressed as they exit the neck and travel into the arm. Symptoms of TOS include but are not limited to: pain/numbness/tingling into the ring and little finger as well as the inside of the forearm, grip weakness, arm heaviness, fatigue, or coldness, and possible headaches, pain in neck or behind the ear. These symptoms may also be evoked with other cervical spine disorders or upper extremity disorders.

At King Physical Therapy and Fitness we are able to recognize and treat all symptoms whether they originate from a disc, stenosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder disorders or even carpal tunnel. Our therapists are trained with the most up-to-the-minute therapeutic techniques available. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are currently accepting most major insurances.

How important is flexibility?


Your muscles are connected to bones by tendons. When you contract your muscles the tendon moves the bone through the available range of motion. If your muscles are “tight” or “inflexible” you cannot move through the full available range and extra stress is applied to your joint surfaces. This is one factor that can lead to degenerative joint disease, as well as putting you at risk for muscular or ligament injury.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we can educate you on performing proper stretching activities to help improve your muscle performance and help you function at your optimal level. Stretches ideally should be performed when muscles are “warmed-up” as well as following a longer period of movement. The stretch should not cause pain and should be held and not oscillated. The amount of time to hold each stretch is based on tolerance. We recommend 3 to 5 sets for a 15 to 30 second hold. Before beginning any exercise program please consult your physician.

P.S. Be sure to continue normal breathing during hold and relax phases of stretching.

Rotator Cuff Injuries 

Your shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in your body. It relies on a number of soft tissue structures to maintain its functional integrity, but largely relies on the rotator cuff musculature for support. The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that assist in stabilizing the humeral head (arm bone) during movement, providing increased stability to the shoulder, and are the primary movers during rotational arm movements. Rotator cuff injuries may cause you to have a difficult time raising your arm above your head, lifting an object in front of you or to the side, placing your arm behind your back, or cause you to be unable to perform recreational activities.

Whether your rotator cuff injury is tendonitis, a partial tear, or a surgical repair, our therapists at King Physical Therapy & Fitness will assist you in a full recovery. Our staff is trained in the most effective and established therapeutic techniques to target the rotator cuff and surrounding musculature.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at King Physical Therapy & Fitness with any questions.