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Can thoracic outlet syndrome be cured?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome be cured?

Quite often: Several centers of expertise thruout the usa now exist with surgeons possessing great experience. Success rates are approaching 80-85 % in carefully selected cases, whose preoperative testing is definitive. Excellent outcomes can be found at ucla, johns hopkins, washington univ. In st louis, and psl in denver, co. ...Read more

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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Is thoracic outlet syndrome permanent?

Is thoracic outlet syndrome permanent?

Not necessarily.: Assuming that is correct diagnosis, this can commonly be helped with physical therapy. There may be necessity to consider surgical intervention for refractory symptoms, yet that surgery is commonly successful. This is a difficult diagnosis, to come to, so I would make sure you are comfortable with how you came to this diagnosis, and if not consider another opinion. ...Read more

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What is thoracic outlet syndrome release?

What is thoracic outlet syndrome release?

Surgery: Thoracic outlet surgery is done to remove pressure or compression of the nerve, artery, and vein going to the arm. This involves removing the first rib, and releasing any scar tissue present. This results in significant reduction in symptoms in most cases. ...Read more

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What are tests for thoracic outlet syndrome?

No specific test: Unfortunately, there is no specific "thoracic outlet syndrome test". There are a number of things that may lead your physician to consider this diagnosis, but quite frankly the diagnosis is often overlooked. Symptoms are pain above your collarbone or in the affected arm, but the process can also affect the vein and artery to the arm. Studies of the arteries and veins can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Pain, numbness: Thoracic outlet syndrome can affect the vein, artery or nerves of the arms. Symptoms can include swelling of the arms, (vein compression) pain or numbness when using the arms overhead, or pain that can extend from the neck or shoulder down to the hands or fingers. Most symptoms are aggravated by doing things that narrow the space where vein, atery and nerve travelling to the arm are. ...Read more

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Is thoracic outlet syndrome fatal?

No.: There is no known mortality associated with thoracic outlet syndrome, but complications can arise during surgical treatment. ...Read more

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What's neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

Nerve symptoms: Tos caused by nerve ; artery impingement as pass through costoclavicular dimension between clavicle (collar bone) ; top first rib; space about one centimeter in life. When joints ; muscles of shoulder girdle injured, space prematurely closes with arm raising. Nerve symptoms are tingling ; numbness pinky side of hand ; forearm. Artery symptoms of hand coolness ; ischemia. Nerve symptoms dramatic. ...Read more

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Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome curative?

Is surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome curative?

Type of TOS?: Patients with cervical rib, arterial TOS, or Venous TOS may require surgery. Only about 10-15% of patients with symptomatic TOS come to surgery. Success rate somewhere in the 90% range for appropriately chosen patients. Most patients respond to therapy and/or medications. ...Read more

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Is surgery effective for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Is surgery effective for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Maybe: Before surgery, one should do everything they can to reconstitute the muscle and skeletal systems of the shoulder. My clinical findings implicate weakened muscles that hold up the shoulder and keep the collar bone from collapsing toward the first rib; thereby constricting the space between these two bones. Trapezius muscle strength is of utmost concern, and a good physical therapist can help. ...Read more

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How can I rehab after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?

How can I rehab after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?

Physical therapy: Slowly increasing your movements, your range of motion, and slowly increase your strength training. ...Read more

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Can surgery make neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome worse?

Can surgery make neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome worse?

Well... yes...: surgery is cutting on tissue. It can irritate the nerve and/or produce scar tissue. It would be expected to open up the area to allow the nerve to not be compressed but the consequences of surgery often produce similar situations even when done right. ...Read more

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Can thoracic outlet syndrome be caused by MS or fibromyalgia?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome be caused by MS or fibromyalgia?

No: Three very different conditions, and although fibromyalgia and TOS can be caused secondary to trauma, MS has no real relationship to injury, and does not cause either problem. ...Read more

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Does thoracic outlet syndrome also include lower facial tingling?

Does thoracic outlet syndrome also include lower facial tingling?

No.: The thoracic outlet syndrome it self was found not a appropriate diagnosis most of the time. Lower facial is innervated by C2-3 nerve root, thoracic outlet syndrome usually bothering the nerves innervated by C8-t1. ...Read more

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Is there a reoperation for thoracic outlet syndrome? Does it work?

Varies: It really comes down to your specific diagnosis. If you have had a TOS surgery and are still having problems then the big question is...why? It may be you have another completely different condition in addition to TOS and in that case more TOS surgery would not help. If something was not done right or something has recurred, then TOS surgery may help. ...Read more

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Does Thoracic Outlet Syndrome worsen with Anxiety/stress? If so why?

By repetitive stress: This condition involves compression of 1 or more nerves that innervate the upper limb and/or blood vessels as they pass between the chest & upper extremity, ie. The brachial plexus or subclavian vein. It usually results from a positional cause, i.e., by abnormal compression from the clavicle (collarbone) and shoulder on arm movement. It is worse w/repetitive stress by non ergonomic computer posture ...Read more

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Is the recovery from the neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome surgery hard?

Is the recovery from the neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome surgery hard?

Sometimes: You should definitely do some physical therapy. Sometimes the nerve discomfort may take some time to resolve. In rare cases it may persist. ...Read more

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How are moderns results for surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome?

TSO is caused by-: -pressure from outside of the nerves, it is not a neurological disease. Just like CTS is caused from pressure from outside of the nerve, not a neurological disease intrinsic to the median nerve. ...Read more

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

A condition where the first rib or an extra rib causes compression between the clavicle and the rib of any one of the following three subclavian artery, ...Read more