Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

What Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is caused by a compression of the nerves and blood vessels in the area between your first rib and collarbone. This is referred to as the thoracic outlet. Since these nerves are pinched, you have pain in your neck, shoulders, and hands. You’ll experience numbness in your fingers and hands also.

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What Causes Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

The exact reason why people develop this syndrome is unknown. But here are some of the triggers:

  • Structural Defects, For, Example Having Extra Pairs of Ribs
  • Trauma
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive Injuries
  • Bad Posture
  • Overuse of the Shoulders and Arms
  • Obesity

Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms are varied and depend on the parts of the body that are affected. Compressed nerves and blood vessels can lead to a wide range of complications. The following is a partial list of symptoms that may signify a compression of the nerves in your thoracic outlet:

  • Weak Hands
  • Shoulder, Neck, and Arm Pain
  • The Skin of Your Arm Takes on a Red Hue
  • Cold Arms and Hands
  • Numbness in Your Fingers, Forearms, and Hands

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