How is thoracic outlet syndrome prevented?

Updated: Jan 10, 2019
  • Author: Daryl A Rosenbaum, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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The patient should avoid repetitive motions, stressful lifting, and overhead work. Performing a regular exercise program for improving flexibility and strength is beneficial. Shoulder-elevating movements (eg, shrugs, hand circles) increase range of motion and aid in prevention, but they are not a treatment modality.


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