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.

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.


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.

Cervical Disc HerniationCervical RadiculopathyDegenerative Disc DiseaseNeck Muscle SpasmNeck PainThoracic Outlet Syndrome

Contact Us Today

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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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Reviews

Margaret Sowa
Margaret Sowa
Hotel General Manager Brooklyn, NY

Through the years, every one treated by Dr. Tafler has had very positive and lasting results. I can't thank him enough for myself, my mom and for every dear person to my heart I sent to him. 🙂 Thank you Doctor! Words can't express what you've done and how many lives have changed. God bless you.

Boris Talis
Boris Talis
Four-time champion of the world in Sambo Combat. Black belt 6th Degree

I am a whole hardheartedly grateful to Dr.Tafler for this timely help in recovering the moving function of my shoulder joint. This helped me a win a gold medal and become the Champion of the world in Sambo combat in Greece 2012. I always tell my collegues and student to turn to the excellent and kind Dr. Leonid Tafler in case of any accident or injury.


Dr. Tafler started working with me though acupuncture, back adjustments and immediately I saw the progress and my pain was less and less with every visit to the doctor. I avoided a surgery thanks to Dr Tafler. I started to enjoy my life again. I am so thankful to the doctor, and have been recommending Dr Tafler to all my friends and coworkers who have back problems and other pains.

Thomas Rayder

Dr. Tafler recommended the OMT under anesthesia procedure. The procedure was performed and alleviated my pain immediately. I avoided surgery and have not had problems with my neck in 7 years now! I am so thankful to Dr. Tafler, the OMT under anesthesia procedure helped me so much!

Elizabeth Blend

Dr. Tafler took me in for a weekend to receive manipulation under anesthesia. Two weeks later I was able to walk without pain. I have been pain free since that moment until today, many years after initial treatment. Without his treatment I do not know if I would have been able to walk at all.

Hugo Barriga

Doctor Tafler, was my savior and there is not doubt he give me my back life; this OMT under anesthesia definitely recommend to everyone, this improve my back and relief a chronic pain. Try this before any aggressive treatment, this was over 5 years ago and I feel splendidly.


Two weeks ago I came to his office. He is a very nice and very pleasant man. I told him about a terrible pain in my back. He gave me two injections and I was able to walk a lot better. I felt myself at my twenties. When I went for the second treatment under anesthesia, I was running up the stairs at my church. All my friends got very happy for me. So, I believe, this man is a hero! If not him, I would not be able to walk!