Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Phoenix, Arizona
According to Mayo clinic, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a condition that is grouped with other disorders that occur when blood vessel or nerves in the chest are compressed., this causes neck pain and numbness.
With many years of extensive vascular experience, the highly trained vascular surgeons at Western Vascular Institute specialize in diagnosing and treating thoracic outlet syndrome. Western Vascular Institute’s three conveniently located vein and vascular clinics in Phoenix, Mesa and Payson, AZ, house the most advanced and innovative surgery centers and diagnostic imaging capabilities for our valued patients. We will help discover the best treatment plan for you and your lifestyle. For more information, schedule an appointment with one of our vascular surgeons, at one of our vein and vascular centers in Phoenix, Mesa and Payson, Arizona.
What Are the Symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
Patients may feel pain, numbness, and tingling in their neck, arm, or hand. Generally, the pain gets worse with repeated overhead motion and lifting your arms. Additional symptoms include swelling, blue discoloration, fatigue, and sores that do not heal well.
What Are the Causes of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
Cleveland clinic stated the known causes of TOS are not know, but in the article there are several risk factors that are listed that can increase the chances of developing this condition:
- Sleep Disorder
- Tumors or large lymph nodes in the upper chest or underarm area
- Stress or depression
- Participating in sports that involve repetitive arm or shoulder movement, such as baseball, swimming, golfing, volleyball and others
- Repetitive injuries from carrying heavy shoulder loads
How Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Diagnosed?
Your Vascular Surgeon will perform a thorough history and physical examination as well as performing several tests including a CT scan, MRI scan, Arteriography or venogram, stress maneuver testing, or an anesthetic block injection to temporarily improve symptoms.
How Is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treated?
Generally treated by a combination of medical treatments as well as physical therapy.
Nerve Related Therapy
Nerve related therapy involves physical therapy and injections for muscle relief to resolve symptoms. When symptoms persist a thoracic outlet decompression surgery.
Artery Related Therapy
Thoracic outlet decompression surgery is suggested depending on the damage to the artery if the damage is too great then an arterial bypass may be considered as part of this surgery.
Vein Related Therapy
Thoracic outlet decompression surgery and thrombolytic therapy. Patients may also benefit from angioplasty, bypass surgery, or vein reconstruction.
Schedule a Consultation in Phoenix, AZ
If you have been experiencing symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome it is important that you schedule an appointment with one of our highly-trained vascular surgeons. They will diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information about our Vascular Surgery Center in Phoenix, AZ, please call (480) 668-5000 to schedule your appointment today.