What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

A group of conditions that result from compression of the nerves or blood vessels in your arms. There are typically no long term effects and it usually affects young and healthy people.

What are the symptoms of this disease?

Pain, numbness, and tingling may occur in the neck and the arms. Your arms and hands may be swollen and blue, and sores may be slow to heal.

What are the causes of this disease?

Compression of nerves, the subclavian artery in the throat or upper chest, injury or compression of the vein, injury to the artery due to an abnormality in a neck rib or other irritation may cause this disease.

How is this disease treated?

Medical treatment and physical therapy will be used to help treat Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Ongoing medication may be needed if you are not a candidate for surgery.

Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment here.

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