Conservative treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome

Hand Clin. 2004 Feb;20(1):43-9, vi. doi: 10.1016/s0749-0712(03)00081-7.


Conservative treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome consists initially of pain control and medicinal and physical measures. Therapy then addresses tight muscles, with strengthening of weakened neck and shoulder girdle muscles. Range of motion and nerve gliding exercises are instituted simultaneously, and the patient is educated in proper posture and ergonomics at home and in the work setting.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome / therapy*