Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

At Bergen Vascular Institute, we specialize in diagnosing and treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), a complex disorder caused by compression at the thoracic outlet, the area between your collarbone and first rib. Our multidisciplinary team uses a comprehensive approach to manage and treat this condition, ensuring that patients receive tailored and effective care.

Understanding Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Thoracic Outlet Syndrome occurs when nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet are compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers. Common causes of TOS include physical trauma, repetitive movements, anatomical defects, and pregnancy.

Symptoms and Diagnosis Symptoms of TOS vary depending on whether nerves or blood vessels are affected. They may include pain and numbness in the neck and shoulders, weakness in the hands, and impaired circulation to the extremities causing discoloration. Diagnosis involves a thorough physical examination, imaging tests such as x-rays, MRI or CT scans, and nerve conduction studies to assess the impact on nerve function.

Treatment Options at BVI Treatment for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome at BVI may include physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the muscles around the thoracic outlet. In more severe cases, medications to manage pain and inflammation are used, and surgical options may be considered. Our surgical treatments focus on relieving the compression by removing the source of the pressure, whether it is an extra rib or scarred and tight muscle fibers.

Multidisciplinary Care Our team at BVI includes vascular surgeons, neurologists, and physical therapists who collaborate to provide a multidisciplinary approach to TOS. This ensures that each patient’s treatment plan is comprehensive and personalized, addressing all aspects of their condition.

Preventive Measures and Patient Education At BVI, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge about their conditions. We provide guidance on preventive measures that can minimize the risk of TOS, such as ergonomic adjustments at work and home, proper lifting techniques, and exercises to improve posture and muscle balance.

For those suffering from symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, or if you’re at risk, Bergen Vascular Institute is here to help. Our commitment to advanced treatment options and patient-centered care makes us a leader in managing and treating TOS. Contact us to schedule a consultation and begin your journey to relief and recovery.