PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
Thoracic outlet syndrome that goes untreated for years can cause permanent neurological damage, so it's important to have your symptoms evaluated and treated early, or take steps to prevent the disorder.
If you're susceptible to thoracic outlet compression, avoid repetitive movements and lifting heavy objects.
If you're overweight, you can prevent or relieve symptoms associated with thoracic outlet syndrome by losing weight.
Even if you don't have symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, avoid carrying heavy bags over your shoulder, because this can increase pressure on the thoracic outlet.
Stretch daily, and perform exercises that keep your shoulder muscles strong.
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