What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can I address them?

Depends. Thoracic outlet syndrome is compression of the nerve, artery, and vein at the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck. This can occur because of an extra rib, thickened muscles, or a previous collar bone fracture. The classic symptoms are neurologic, with the classic finding a decrease in arterial pressure with arm elevation. If there is no swelling or discoloration, venous obstruction is unlikely.
Thoracic outlet. Symptoms include vague pain in the upper arm and axilla. Frequently, numbness is felt into the hand, especially into the little and ring finger. Pain is usually exacerbated when the arms are placed at or above shoulder level. Diagnosis can be difficult. Initial treatment is pt. Results of surgery are unpredictable.

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Symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome and how can you help?

TOS. Patients with tos often find more symptoms when the arm is elevated overhead, and it is not unique to possess numbness and weakness in the involved hand. Headaches, especially over the back of the head, may be present, but tos has been reported as triggering migraine events. Feldenkreis therapy is often very helpful, but surgery may eventuate in about 10-15% of patients. Read more...
Depends. Thoracic outlet syndrome is compression of the nerve, artery, and vein at the thoracic outlet at the base of the neck. This can occur because of an extra rib, thickened muscles, or a previous collar bone fracture. The classic symptoms are neurologic, with the classic finding a decrease in arterial pressure with arm elevation. If there is no swelling or discoloration, venous obstruction is unlikely. Read more...

What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Pain, numbness. Thoracic outlet syndrome can affect the vein, artery or nerves of the arms. Symptoms can include swelling of the arms, (vein compression) pain or numbness when using the arms overhead, or pain that can extend from the neck or shoulder down to the hands or fingers. Most symptoms are aggravated by doing things that narrow the space where vein, atery and nerve travelling to the arm are. Read more...

If I adopt better posture, can I prevent or relieve thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms?

Shoulder Posture yes. Thoracic outlet syndrome is helped by paying attention to your shoulder posture and how your arms hang. The advice i give to patients is to avoid letting your arms just hang down by gravity while sitting watching tv, or while driving extended periods. Rather, support your flexed elbows up on cushions, to relieve the pressure on the delicate nerves coming out through the shoulder. Also get pt! Read more...
Absolutely. I agree with dr. Fein's suggestions and also add for you to consider working with an osteopathic physician who does omt (manipulation) (aao or cranial academy for online listings) as well as with therapies like yoga (great for posture!), feldenkrais, alexander, bowen, pilates and other body-centered therapies to keep you healthy for a long time to come. Read more...
Websites. Aao = american academy of osteopathy academyofosteopathy.Org also try biodo.Com and cranialacademy.Com. Read more...

Can I go back to light weight lifting (gym) if I have Thoracic outlet syndrome? Will gym increase symptoms or the cause/source of the symptoms?

Possibly. I would seriously consult your Primary Care Physician or the diagnosing doctor before beginning any physical work-out regiment. There are many different types of trainers and exercises out there and you may be exposing yourself to greater pain/delayed recovery if you preform the wrong type. Read more...