Injury Prevention Tip – Thoracic Outlet Compression Prevention
Thoracic outlet compression is a disorder that is caused by compression of nerves in the brachial plexus (nerves that pass into the arms from the neck) and blood vessels.
Sustained work postures such as forward head and arm positions can contribute to muscle imbalances and compression, which can interrupt the flow of nutrients and oxygenated blood to the arm, wrist, and hand for muscle recovery.
To prevent imbalance and compression in this area, sustained forward head and arm postures can be counteracted with targeted exercise and stretching.
Risk Factors for Thoracic Outlet Compression
Work Risk Factors:
- Poor ergonomic design
- Poor body mechanics
- Excessive force
- Awkward posture
Lifestyle Risk Factors:
- Poor nutrition
- Fatigue and inflammation
- Poor physical fitness
- Muscle imbalances
- “Wear and tear” due to the aging process
Free Employee Handout
While the company is responsible for providing a safe work environment and reducing risk of injuries, the employee is also responsible for taking care of their bodies and being fit for the work they have chosen to do.
When both parties accept their responsibilities, a true partnership is formed and the risk of injury is significantly decreased. Educating employees is a good first step towards coming together in a partnership for prevention.
Here is a free employee handout you can use to educate your employees on the risk factors and prevention strategies for Thoracic Outlet Compression.
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