In the rare case that you have blockage of one of your blood vessels by a blood clot, treatment with a medicine is needed urgently to break down the clot. This used to be in the form of an anticoagulant such as warfarin but recently 'clot busters' such as urokinase have also been used. Treatment with an anticoagulant may then be continued for a period of time to prevent further clots. Surgery may also be needed to relieve any squashing (compression) of your blood vessels. For example, removal of a cervical rib that may be squashing a blood vessel.
lumbar: lower portion of the spine made up of 5 vertebrae; connects with the fused bones of the sacrum below.
orthotic: another name for a brace
orthotist: a medical professional who specializes in making custom molded braces.
sacral: the five vertebrae at the base of the spine that provide attachment for the iliac (hip) bones and protect the pelvic organs.
thoracic: middle portion of the spine made up of 12 vertebrae.