Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) is a group of disorders that occur when there is compression of the nerves, arteries, or veins in the thoracic outlet, which is the space between the collarbone (clavicle) and the first rib. TOS can cause pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers. If you are experiencing these symptoms in the Austin area, it is important to seek medical attention to determine if you may be suffering from TOS. Diagnostic Pain Center can diagnose TOS and relieve your pain.

Three Types of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Disorders:

  • Neurogenic TOS is caused by compression of the brachial plexus, a group of nerves originating from the spinal cord and supplying the arm and hand.
  • Arterial TOS is caused by compression of the subclavian artery, one of the major arteries that supply blood to the arm and hand.
  • Venous TOS is caused by compression of the subclavian vein, one of the prominent veins that carry blood from the arm and hand back to the heart.

Diagnosing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The symptoms of TOS can be caused by various factors, including anatomical abnormalities, such as a cervical rib (an extra rib that grows near the collarbone) or a tight muscle or ligament in the neck or shoulder. Poor posture, repetitive strain injuries, or other underlying medical conditions can cause TOS. If you are experiencing symptoms of TOS in the Austin, Texas, area, it is important to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Pain

At Diagnostic Pain Center in Austin, Texas, we offer a variety of treatments for TOS, including medications to reduce inflammation and pain. TOS can be treated with lifestyle changes, such as changing posture or modifying activities that may contribute to the condition. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

Schedule an Appointment to Discuss TOS

If you are experiencing upper neck pain, please contact Diagnostic Pain Center today at (512) 981-7246. Several non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments are available to manage and treat thoracic outlet syndrome. Austin pain management physician Dr. Robert S. Marks will work closely with you to identify a solution and get you back to normal activities as quickly as possible.