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how successful is physical therapy in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome?

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Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
First line therapy: Physical therapy is the first line of therapy for true thoracic outlet syndrome, and it is often very successful. If other conditions have been ruled out, such as carp al tunnel syndrome, and physical therapy has not effect, then a surgery such as first rib resection or resection of an extra cervical rib can be performed.
Dr. Richard Sanders
Vascular Surgery 67 years experience
50%: It depends on how long symptoms have been present. If less than a few months, the success rate is at least 50%. If symptoms have been present over 2 years, the success rate is less than 50%.

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Do you always have to get physical therapy after a first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome? My surgeon told me he didn't think I needed it

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