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Episode Info: Besides cases of lower back pain, another common problem that most people face is neck pain. In severe instances, the pain shoots from the neck to the arm, which can lead to numbness and immobility. One condition that is often difficult to diagnose is the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS).In this episode of Back Talk Doc, Dr. Sanjiv Lakhia is joined by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates’ nurse practitioner Emily Tucker and physical therapist Jay Murugavel in this roundtable discussion on TOS. Drawing from his expertise, Jay dives into what the thoracic outlet is and what causes pain in this particular spinal region. He talks about the various occupational risk factors connected to this condition, including certain sports like baseball and swimming, and working for long periods in awkward positions. You should also look out for things such as predisposing injury and congenital anomalies that can exacerbateTreatment options such as surgery and physical therapy were also described, which are going to vary depending on the assessment of the patient’s clinical state. The goal is to minimize stiffness in the muscles and promote joint mobility. Breathing patterns also play a huge role in recovery and Jay encourages regular diaphragmatic breathing.Emily provides valuable insight as well by sharing her personal experience with TOS, from diagnosis to treatment, and how she continues to manage her pain. She highlights the importance of listening to your body and your physicians and being compliant with the treatment plan devised by your medical team. Key Moments in the EpisodeEmily's experience with thoracic outlet syndrome 03:47Consulting with a specialist 08:40Course of treatment 11:16What is the thoracic outlet 13:56Occupational risk factors 15:11Anatomical structures that lead to TOS 17:21Difference between cervical radiculopathy and TOS 20:10How to approach patients seeking treatment for TOS 24:02Influence of breathing patterns on TOS 28:41Activities to promote better posture 32:41Looking beyond the spine to better diagnose and treat TOS 35:01Jay and Emily’s health tips 37:40Links Mentioned in the EpisodeTop 5 Non-Disc Causes of Low Back Pain and SciaticaBack Talk Doc is brought to you by Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, with offices in North and South Carolina. To learn more about Dr. Lakhia and treatment options for back and spine issues, go to To schedule an appointment with Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates, you can call us at 1-800-344-6716 or visit our website at
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