Thoraic Outlet Syndrome Specialist

North Atlanta Vascular Clinic

General and Vascular Surgery located in Cumming, GA & Johns Creek, GA

If you’re experiencing abnormal pain in your shoulder or neck, it’s possible that you may be suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, which can lead to permanent nerve damage if not treated. The experienced team at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic, with offices in Johns Creek, Cumming, Roswell, and Lawrenceville, Georgia, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome and can provide the care you need to prevent complications. For an evaluation, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Thoraic Outlet Syndrome Q & A

What should I know about thoracic outlet syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome refers to a group of conditions that occur when the nerves or blood vessels that run through your thoracic outlet, which is found between your collarbone and first rib, get compressed. This condition can develop after an injury, during pregnancy, or from an anatomical defect.

What are the types of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Thoracic outlet syndrome is categorized based on the blood vessels and nerves affected. The types include:

Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome

This type of thoracic outlet syndrome develops when your brachial plexus becomes compressed. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that provides sensation and muscle movement in your arm, shoulder, and hand. This is the most common type of thoracic outlet syndrome.

Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome

Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome develops when the blood vessels that run through the thoracic outlet get compressed.

Nonspecific-type thoracic outlet syndrome

This type of thoracic outlet syndrome doesn’t have a definitive cause but is characterized by pain in the thoracic outlet that may feel worse with movement.

Symptoms of a thoracic outlet syndrome may vary depending on the type you have. You may experience pain, numbness, or muscle wasting. If you suspect you have symptoms that may indicate thoracic outlet syndrome, call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic for an evaluation.

How is thoracic outlet syndrome diagnosed?

Thoracic outlet syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can vary in both type and severity. Your specialist at North Atlanta Vascular Clinic is familiar with the disorder and conducts comprehensive examinations to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms.

Your examination may include:

  • Review of your symptoms
  • Physical exam
  • Provocation test to reproduce symptoms

Diagnostic imaging may also be recommended to confirm or rule out thoracic outlet syndrome.

What treatments can improve my thoracic outlet syndrome?

Treatment for your thoracic outlet syndrome may depend on the underlying cause. Your specialist develops a personalized treatment plan to relieve the compression and resolve your symptoms. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain medication or anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Clot-dissolving medications

If you’re unable to get relief from your symptoms with conservative treatments, your specialist may recommend surgery to relieve the compression and your symptoms.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a treatable condition that can be difficult to diagnose. To get answers to your health concerns and questions, call North Atlanta Vascular Clinic today or request an appointment online.