Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment in Bel Air, Maryland

Do I have Thoracic outlet Syndrome? What does it feel like?

Do you feel pain and numbness in the shoulder, arm, and hand?

The pain can be constant or sometimes only while you sleep or first thing in the morning. Symptoms may feel worse when arms are held overhead or when driving, lifting or carrying.

How is Thoracic Outlet treated?

Many times Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is misdiagnosed as something else.  Symptoms are similar to those of a Herniated Disc, Carpel Tunnel, or Bursitis in the shoulder. At Susquehanna Spine & Rehab our doctors will start with a detailed exam and consultation to determine which condition is causing your symptoms.

The experts at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab will find the true cause of your Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and customize a treatment plan to correct it. Thoracic outlet is a complex problem that involves the nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and the spine.  We combine chiropractic care, to address spinal misalignment,  massage therapy & physical therapy to address the muscle issue and rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the area and train the body how to work properly so the problem does not reoccur.

It is of great importance to alter the poor posture, ergonomics and body mechanics that started the condition in the first place.  Specialized soft tissue techniques such s ART, Graston or Gua Sha and or specific massage therapy techniques are used to release the trapped nerves and blood vessels.

What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? How is it caused?

The nerves and blood vessels of the arm and hand begin in the neck and travel down over the rib cage through an area called the “thoracic outlet” before reaching the arm and hand. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome occurs when the vessels and nerves are “squeezed” near the thoracic outlet because of enlarged, swollen, or damaged muscles and different bones. Repetitive motions, awkward arm movements or positions can cause Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Poor posture from neck issues, weight, and breast size can also cause the nerves to become compressed. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome can also occur following an auto accident since the thoracic outlet and the seat belt path are in the same area. The seat belt can strain the muscles or cause them to tear. Thoracic Outlet syndrome is also very common in new moms dues to changes in posture and demands for caring for the new baby.


I have been having severe pain since 2014. I’ve had a full battery of x-rays/MRI done to diagnose my condition [as] severe arthritis. After I was prescribed an injection that I was told would take care of everything, the pain was back, worse than before. Dr. Lee reviewed my x-rays and MRI and set up a treatment plan... After the 1st visit my pain has decreased. I can already feel a big difference.

E.M., 68

Before coming to Dr. Lee, my ankle pain would wake me up during the night because of its severity. Dr. Lee has helped alleviate the pain in my ankle. By performing specific exercises twice per week, the pain is non-existent!

Nick, 33

I have been a patient of Dr.Lee's for about 10 months now. As a 22 year old, I have been suffering from back pain since I was about 13 years old. The pain increased a few years ago and despite physical therapy performed at other facilities, and pain medications from the doctor I was unable to control the level of discomfort. I found Dr. Lee and have been extremely happy with my results.

Dennet L.

I came to Dr. Lee with several aches and pains. I was nervous about receiving chiropractic treatment but Dr. Lee eased my concerns by thoroughly making sure that I was a safe candidate for adjustments... After regular adjustments and Physical Therapy, my knee pain is gone, my elbow pain is gone, my ankle and wrist are improving AND I’m reducing the migraines I used to get too!

Amy, 31

I began seeing Dr. Lee after noticing severe tenderness and pain in my left hip region... I was lucky to find Dr. Lee when I did, not only did he help me discover that the pain in my hip was actually related to a mass growing uncontrollably but he also gave me the comfort I’d been searching for with chiropractic. I’d recommend Dr. Lee to anyone who wants to be pain-free!

Pam, 19

I have had lower back problems for about 35 years. As I aged, they were getting worse. I also noticed I was over weight. I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab because Dr. Lee could address both issues as part of a unified plan. The diet regimen, chiropractic, and personalized exercises worked!

Tony, 63

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had pain in my neck and shoulders... Now that I’m an adult, my pain continues, but Dr. Lee is helping me a lot. I have an appointment twice a week, and I can definitely tell a difference. I use pain management along with the tens unit and physical therapy. All three of these services are working great and I’m definitely feeling better.

Andrea, 28

I have had back problems for years. I have been to other chiropractors I have even gone to medical doctors no one has been able to make it feel any better. Then I found Dr. Lee I have finally found relief. I am feeling so much better after starting care at Susquehanna Spine & Rehab.

S. age 60

I began seeing Dr. Lee because of a shooting pain I developed in my left heel... After a brief examination, Dr. Lee explained to me that my pain was being caused by Plantar Fasciitis... Shortly after Dr. Lee began treating my heel, I noticed that I was experiencing less and less discomfort. In a few short weeks, I was able to continue my exercise routine and enjoy my daily activities pain-free!

Randy, 25

When I came to Susquehanna Spine & Rehab I was very skeptical. After only 2 weeks at Susquehanna Spine and Rehab the severe pain in my neck, shoulder and arm had greatly improved … NO MORE PAIN! I can now sleep through the night without waking up in pain! THANK YOU SUSQUEHANNA SPINE & REHAB!!!

TM age 63

My daughter started falling up the stairs at school and having severe knee pain for no apparent reason... Dr. Lee did a thorough exam and walked us through his entire treatment plan. Every appointment was made at a time convenient to my schedule. Heather has made wonderful progress and is now pain-free. Dr. Lee was always available for questions and kept me well informed of her progress.

Heather, 13

I have been to too many chiropractors to count in five different states and this is the best chiropractor I have been to so far.

Abingdon MD