Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic outlet syndrome is a combination of pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers and a weak grip. At UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, our Heart and Vascular Care team provides expert treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome.


  • Treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome often begins with physical therapy and pain medications
  • Surgical treatment options include a procedure called first rib resection, in which a section of the first rib is removed with the goal of taking pressure off the nerves and blood vessels