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How does physical therapy treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

Most people with thoracic outlet syndrome respond well to conservative treatments, such as physical therapy. A physical therapist will teach you stretches and other exercises to increase the space in which the nerves and blood vessels pass through your thoracic outlet. This will be accomplished by improving your posture, strengthening certain muscles, and relaxing others. Make sure that your physical therapist gives you a home exercise program once you are released from physical therapy.

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