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The Role of Exercise in the Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises are designed to decompress neurovascular elements in the thoracic outlet by improving postural relationships between musculoskeletal structures.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Treatment of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Because of the compressive nature of musculoskeletal structures as a cause for TOS, treatment is designed to decompress affected anatomy through passive manual mobilization techniques to the joints, muscles and soft tissues of the spine, shoulder girdle and rib cage. There may also exist a need to utilize electrotherapeutic modalities, i.e. electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound in order to reduce local soft tissue inflammation.

Ongoing, the patient is instructed in appropriate stretching, strengthening and postural correction exercises for self-care.