7 Question Quiz on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Hey! I have another test for you. I’ve actually already done this one regarding ankle sprains, and the feedback has been overwhelming. In order to do it again, I’d like to talk about Thoracic Outlet Syndrome this time. There are questions quiz on thoracic outlet syndrome.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a compression of the nerves and blood vessels that pass through the space (or “outlet”) between your collarbone and first rib. These structures are known as the thoracic outlet, and they can become compressed when your shoulders are raised above your head repeatedly or in positions such as desk work or playing a sport.

It’s a common problem for people who participate in activities that involve reaching forward with arms extended, such as swimming, golf, tennis, and other similar sports. It can also occur from hand strain from repetitive tasks or injuries like whiplash.

7 Question Quiz on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

1. What is the location in the body where compression occurs in those with thoracic outlet syndrome?

  1.  Interscalene triangle
  2. Costoclavicular space
  3. Rectopectoralis minor
  4. All of the above

2. Which type of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is the most common?

  1. Arterial
  2. Venous
  3. Neurogenic
  4. None of the above

3. What percent of the population will get thoracic outlet syndrome?

  1. Less than 2%
  2. Greater than 2%
  3. Less than 1%
  4. Greater than 3%

4. Which muscle DOES NOT play a direct role in thoracic outlet syndrome?

  1. Scalene
  2. Pectoralis Major
  3. Middle Fibers of Trapezius
  4. Sternocleidomastoid

5. What type of gym strengthening exercises should someone with thoracic outlet syndrome avoid?

  1. Neck strengthening exercises
  2. Shoulder strengthening exercises
  3. Rotator cuff strengthening exercises
  4. All of the above

6. Which sleeping position should those with thoracic outlet syndrome avoid?

  1. Side
  2. Back 
  3. Stomach 
  4. All of the above
7. What is the recommended initial length of time that someone with thoracic outlet syndrome should hold a stretch?
  1. 5 seconds
  2. 20 seconds
  3. 30 seconds
  4. 60 seconds

Bonus – What component is often overlooked in a thoracic outlet syndrome recovery program?

  1. Range of Motion
  2. Strengthening 
  3. Stretching 
  4. Self Massage

Be sure to write down your answers, or post them here if you wish to.

I promise to answer your questions by the end of the week.

Have a great day.

Rick Kaselj, MS


Kinesiologist & Personal Trainer focusing on Exercises for Injury Recovery

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