Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatments

If caught early, thoracic outlet syndrome requires less invasive treatment, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and pain medication. Lifestyle changes, including weight loss and reduced arm activities, may help.

If other treatments aren’t effective, your physician may recommend surgery to:

  • Remove the first rib or an extra rib
  • Remove abnormal musculature
  • Create more room for blood vessels

If thoracic outlet syndrome goes untreated, it can lead to progressive nerve damage.