Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Orange County

Treating Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Orange County by Dr. LouisThoracic outlet syndrome describes a collection of pain associated with the thoracic outlet located under the collarbone and above the first rib.

Women are three times more likely than men to be suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome.

 

 

Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when blood vessels or nerves located in between your collarbone and first rib become compressed. This can be caused by:

  • Trauma
  • Poor posture and obesity
  • Congenital condition
  • Pregnancy
Thoracic outlet syndrom symptoms are unique case to case. When nerves or blood vessels become compressed, common symptoms are:

  • Decrease grip
  • Discoloration of the hand
  • Arm pain and numbness
  • Cold fingers, hands or arms
Imaging procedures like X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, and ultrasounds may be requested by Dr. Louis in order to determine the cause and location of the compression.
In a large amount of cases, nonsurgical treatments such as physical therapy and medication adequately address the compression.

In cases where physical therapy and medication prove ineffective, Dr. Louis will suggest surgery to relieve the compression

Robert Louis, MD, a fellowship-trained Orange County Neurosurgeon, is the Director of the Skull Base and Pituitary Tumor Program at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Orange County, California. Dr. Louis has particular expertise in endoscopic and minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant brain tumors, sellar and parasellar tumors and skull base tumors.

Dr. Robert Louis specializes in minimally invasive neurosurgery for the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome. For appointments, please call (949) 383-4185 or Contact Us.