Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to a group of disorders in which the blood vessels or nerves become compressed between the collarbone and ribs. This condition often occurs due to repetitive injuries or physical trauma. Pregnancy and congenital defects can also contribute to the development of thoracic outlet syndrome.

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Symptoms and Types

Three different types of thoracic outlet syndrome exist. These are neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, vascular thoracic outlet syndrome, and non-specific type thoracic outlet syndrome.

Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that comes from the compression of the brachial plexus. These are the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. These nerves control feeling in the shoulder, arm, and hand as well as the movement of muscles. Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is the most common type of thoracic outlet syndrome. Those with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome typically experience pain the shoulder and neck. They also have numbness or tingling in the arms and fingers.

Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that result when the veins or arteries beneath the collarbone become compressed. Similar to neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, vascular thoracic outlet syndrome often causes numbness in the arms, hands, and fingers. Patients may also suffer from blood clots, weakness in their arms or hands, and a change in the color of their hands.

Non-specific type thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition in which patients suffer from chronic pain within the thoracic outlet (the area where the nerves and blood vessels pass between the collarbone and first rib).

Other common thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms not included above are:

  • Arm swelling
  • Lack of color in fingers or hand
  • Weakened pulse
  • Cold fingers or hands
  • Fatigue in arm
  • Weakness of neck
  • Painful lump near the collarbone

Best Treatment Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Symptoms

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