In order to diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome, physicians may order an electromyography (EMG), an MRI, a nerve conduction study, and x-rays. Additional tests may be used to exclude conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
When a diagnosis is confirmed, physical therapy will help to strengthen the muscles in the shoulder and to improve the overall range of motion. A secondary goal is the improvement of the patient’s posture. Certain injections and modification of work activity may help. If the patient’s symptoms do not improve, surgery may be necessary.
At Neurological Associates the Interventional Group, our neurologists specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).