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Alternative Treatments For Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Hi I am 45 years old I have a serious medical problem called thoracic outlet syndrome i need help. What treatments are available?
My PT has diagnosed me with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It's been 11 mths and 8 of them I did therapy with no change. What else can I do? It's worse now
What forms of physical therapy or nonsurgical measures are most successful in treating thoracic outlet syndrome?
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
It's : not mandatory. But it does help with the recovery process ...Read more
Do you need physical therapy after having a first rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome? My surgeon said I didn't but I'm not sure.
Time For A Bar-B-Que: Physical therapy serves a useful purpose if you are stiff or have pain with certain motions.You need a few days to start healing before you start it.So,when you see your doctor again for a follow-up visit,discuss this with him/her if you feel that your are not getting better.In most cases you bounce back pretty easily,especially at your age,so don't worry too much unless its already been 2-3 weeks ...Read more
Physical therapy didn't help with pain 4 months out of first rib resection for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome. What's next?
2nd opinion: You may want to get second opinion just to see if there are any more conditions that could potentially be contributing to the pain. Hope you get feeling better. ...Read more
Narrowing of space: Thoracic outlet syndrome is narrowng of the space between the first rib and the anterior scalene muscle. The axillary vein and artery and brachial plexus nerve passes through this space. Narowing the space can pinch the artery, vein, nerve or all of the above. Also, a rare, abnormal cervical rib can cause the same problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: There are three major types. The most common is related to pain and nerve compression. This one responds to physical therapy sometimes. The other two types may involve the artery or vein. These are less common. The treatment can be a bit controversial, espescially the nerve compression type. See a surgeon experienced in thoracic outlet disease such as a vascular or cardiothoracic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not very common: Three manisfestations: 1. Pinching of the artery leading to the arm and hand (most common) 2. Pinching of the vein leading to the arm and hand, resulting in swelling (next common) 3. Pinching of the nerve resulting in various types of pain (not very common). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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