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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
|Thoracic Outlet Syndrome|
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- Defects in nearby structures
- Poor posture
- Repetitive arm or shoulder movement
- Having an abnormal first rib
- Poor posture
- Repetitive motion
- Arm or hand pain
- Arm or hand weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Cold sensitivity in the hands and fingers
- Pain or sores of the fingers
- Poor blood circulation to the arm, hands, and fingers
- Swelling of the limb
- Skin of arm turning pale and blue
- Blood tests
- Electromyography and nerve other conduction tests
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Muscle relaxers
- Blood thinners
- Anti-platelet medications
- Avoid activity that causes pain
- Practice good posture
- Avoid repetitive motion
- Change your workstation layout
- If you are overweight, talk to your doctor about how you can lose weight
- Exercise regularly to improve strength, flexibility and range of motion
Occupational Safety & Health Administration https://www.osha.gov
The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) http://www.nismat.org
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) http://www.ccohs.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 06/02/2014