The MaineHealth Thoracic Outlet Syndrome program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatments for patients with disorders that occur when blood vessels or nerves in the space between the collarbone and the first rib (thoracic outlet) are compressed. This can cause shoulder and neck pain as well as and numbness in the fingers.
Common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib), and pregnancy. Sometimes doctors can't determine the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome. Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually involves physical therapy and pain relief measures. Most people improve with these approaches. In some cases, however, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Maine Medical Center’s integrated vascular surgery residency program is designed to provide graduated, incremental training in both vascular and core general surgery throughout the course of the program.
If you are a provider who would like to refer a patient to MaineHealth for thoracic outlet syndrome services, please review our referral guidelines and call 207-662-8900.