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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

Thoracic outlet Syndrome is a medical condition caused by compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run in the neck. Symptoms include pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip.


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What is the most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome?

What is the most common cause of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Narrow space: The most common cause is a narrow space between the first rib and a muscle tendon from the anterior scalene muscle. Other causes included an aberrent cervical rib. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

Thoracic outlet Syndrome is a medical condition caused by compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run in the neck. Symptoms include pain in the neck and shoulder, numbness and tingling of the fingers, and a weak grip.


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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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Angina and Chest Pain (Tip)

Angina and Chest Pain

Most reproducible, persistent sharp chest pains are not angina. ...See more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

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My hand has a bluish hue, is this a sign of thoracic outlet syndrome?

? Raynauds: Blue hands do sound more vascular. If pain is associated, please get this evaluated immediately. If it is intermittent and associated with cold temperatures, stress or tobacco and caffiene use it may be raynauds syndrome. This should be discussed with your primary care provider as it may be secondary to an underlying condition - in severe cases, you can lose fingers. ...Read more

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I'm looking for a doctor near los angeles who specializes in thoracic outlet syndrome. I don't have a diagnosis yet. How can I get a referral?

Ask your family doc!: I guess i'm confused. Why look for a doctor to treat thoracic outlet syndrome if you don't have a diagnosis? Wouldn't it be better to get a diagnosis first? Regardless, your family physician (who can assist you in reaching a diagnosis) can also refer you to someone who can treat you appropriately. Are you prepared to pay out of pocket? If not, limit yourself to those who accept your insurance. ...Read more

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Angina and Chest Pain (Tip)

Angina and Chest Pain

All chest pain is not angina pectoris, many other causes of chest pain exist. ...See more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

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I was in a car accident, I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. What can I do next?

Manual Medicine: Aside from anti-inflammatories; and rest you should find a good osteopath as he/she can treat this easily. Otherwise you may need some physical therapy and possibly further evaluation...Check in with your doctor about this. ...Read more

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If I do the "hands up" test for thoracic outlet syndrome and my opposite hand turns white and pulses and tingles.. What does that mean ?

If I do the "hands up" test for thoracic outlet syndrome and my opposite hand turns white and pulses and tingles.. What does that mean ?

May have TOS: On the surface, you describe potential compression of blood vessels and nerves over the lower brachial plexus. This could be consistent with thoracic outlet, but could merely represent a transient compression due to a relatively small area over your shoulder/chest region. If you are concerned have your doctor assess this. ...Read more

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