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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome  is a condition where blood vessels or nerves are compressed in the area between your collarbone and first rib.

Risk factor

  • Physical trauma from car accident
  • Repetitive sports/lifting or occupational injury
  • Anatomical defects
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture

Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm pain
  • Numbness/tingling of the fingers
  • Impaired circulation to the extremities causing discoloration

How is this Thoracic Outlet Syndrome diagnosed?

Generally diagnosed in your doctors office during examination. Moving your arm and neck in various ways to produce the symptoms that causes either a relief from pain, or loss of pulse that your doctor can then observe. Other tests include electromyogram (EMG) and angiogram.

Treatment

Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, suggest weight loss, or surgical interventions to improve the flow of blood or bypass the compressed area.