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Neck Conditions

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Condition

Thoracic outlet syndrome treatment includes osteopathic therapies to reduce compressed blood vessels and nerves to alleviate pain in the shoulders and neck, and address symptoms like numbness in the extremities.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment in New York City

Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome uses osteopathic therapy techniques to relieve compressed nerves and blood vessels, reducing shoulder and neck pain, numbness, and other symptoms.

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

Neck Conditions

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

Neck Conditions

Neck Conditions

Neck conditions include muscle and spinal ailments or injuries that cause various levels of pain, tightness, reduced range of motion, numbness, headaches, and tingling sensations in the arms and hands.

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a term used to describe a group of conditions where nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet suffer compression. The thoracic outlet is the passageway through which blood vessels and nerves pass out of the chest to supply nutrients to the body’s extremities. Muscle enlargements, weight gain, and certain medical conditions can cause enlargement of the bone, tissues, and muscles near the thoracic outlet, impacting the passageway and compressing nerves or blood vessels.

Because the outlet is located between the collarbone and your first rib, blood vessel compression and compressed nerves can cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the upper body. Fortunately, osteopathic treatments can help to manage the symptoms and expedite recovery.

What Causes this Condition?

This syndrome’s causes are not always easy to identify. However, there are some commonalities in patient cases indicating that several common factors can contribute to these conditions:

  • Physical trauma, from automobile accidents, falls, and other jarring impacts
  • Pregnancy and the resulting physical changes to the body
  • Certain repetitive motions, at the workplace or in recreational sports
  • Physical defects, such as an extra rib
  • Poor physical posture

What Are the Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Symptoms can vary, depending upon the severity of the syndrome. However, certain symptoms are common in most cases. When blood vessels are compressed, symptoms can include:

  • Sustained pain in the neck and shoulders
  • Pain in one or both arms
  • Loss of sensation in the fingers and hands
  • Discoloration in the extremities
  • Weakness in the arms, hands, and fingers
  • Increased pain or weakness when arms are elevated or extended in front of the patient

In cases where nerves are affected, the symptoms can include arm swelling, or redness in the upper arm, arms and hands that are colder than they should be, and general arm and hand fatigue. There can also be loss of mobility in the shoulders.

How We Can Help

As with any serious medical condition, the goal of treatment is to reduce pain and symptoms, while addressing the underlying cause. Dr. Tafler can provide the osteopathic care you need to address this serious syndrome, obtain effective pain relief, and restore lost function and quality of life. Untreated thoracic outlet nerve and blood vessel compression can result in progressive nerve damage, so it is vital to seek help as soon as possible.

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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact us today. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for an examination and diagnosis, to enable us to work with you to develop an osteopathic treatment plan that can address your needs. In most instances, osteopathic manipulation stretching exercises lifestyle changes, and other gentle, safe treatment options can help you relive the pain, regain mobility, and recover your quality of life.

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