This may be symptoms of a cervical rib
that you are experiencing. A cervical rib is an extra rib that forms above the normal first rib, growing from the base of the neck just above the collarbone. The defect is present at birth, but usually not noticed until later in life. A cervical rib can sometimes squash one of the nearby nerves, causing problems such as neck pain
and numbness in the arm. Another name for this condition is thoracic outlet syndrome
If the symptoms persist, I suggest you see your surgeon for further investigation and possible treatment.
Most people diagnosed with a cervical rib will find that their symptoms get better with time. Physiotherapy
can help with shoulder exercises designed to stretch and strengthen the neck region and correct any poor posture. The area may be massaged to release any tight or shortened neck tissues. If you need pain relief, paracetamol
and ibuprofen can be of help. If these measures do not help then surgery to remove the rib is sometimes offered.
Dr K A Pottinger,