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Is thoracic outlet syndrome and pinched nerves the same?

Is thoracic outlet syndrome and pinched nerves the same?

Related: The thoracic outlet contains both a collection of nerves like the brachial plexus and blood vessels serving the arms. Any compromise of the to can cause symptoms affecting both the nerves and circulation by compression of either or both causing similar sensations of cold, numbness and tingling. Simple exercises such as wall push-ups can sometimes yield some relief. See a physical therapist or dr. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can thoracic outlet syndrome kill you by damaging important nerves and arteries?

Can thoracic outlet syndrome kill you by damaging important nerves and arteries?

Not definitely: Thoracic outlet syndrome can have a profound affect on quality of life, by impinging on either the artery, vein or nerve near the first rib. Removal of the first rib, either via the arm pit (axilla) or neck can alleviate those symptoms. ...Read more

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Having thoracic outlet syndrome issues because of first rib cartilage/ligament tear. Rib moves and irritates nerves. What can I do?

Having thoracic outlet syndrome issues because of first rib cartilage/ligament tear.  Rib moves and irritates nerves.  What can I do?

Testing: You should schedule an appointment with a neurologist. He or she can do a thorough exam and an emg. Do nut rush for a surgical treatment until these are done. ...Read more

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If untreated, how much bodily nerve damage can thoracic outlet syndrome cause?

Significant: Thoracic outlet syndrome can be frustrating as the nerve compression can lead to weakness and/or muscle wasting into the arm/upper extremity. Fortunately, it can be treated with some simple manual medicine techniques(i know because i had the unfortunate circumstance to suffer from it)...So if you can find a reputable osteopath he/she can help you recover. ...Read more

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Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Can thoracic outlet syndrome be treated if the nerve compression has been for 8 month, or surgery is necessary? and how much time does physicalT take

Yes: 20y seeks non-operative therapy of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Neurovascular bundle impingement occurs in costo-clavicular dimension, the true Thoracic Outlet. Impingement is due to irregular clavicle motion w. abduction; caused by abnormal superior trapezius, ST, function; via ST overdeveloped or underdeveloped relative to muscles of inferior scapular draw, i.e., "crossed muscles". See a wise P.T. ...Read more

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How common is thoracic outlet syndrome?

How common is thoracic outlet syndrome?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome?

What are the symptoms of recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome?

Radiating symptoms: Usually patient presents with numbness tingling and parathesias in the effected arm. Usually exacerbated when lifting arm above the head. Seek care for evaluation ...Read more

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Could thoracic outlet syndrome be covered under workmans comp?

You bet!: Many tos cases occur associated with on the job injuries. I have seen problems after motor vehicle accidents, lifting issues, repetitive overhead activities, and a variety of traumatic impacts. However, inclusion rules for worker's comp varies from state to state. Check locally with the state offices. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome and is it common?

What causes recurrent thoracic outlet syndrome and is it common?

Extra rib or injury: It is caused by pressure on the nerves veins and possibly arteries of the arm where the first rib and clavicle meet ...Read more

Dr. Hank Chambers
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Brain And Nerves (Definition)

The brain and nerves are parts of the body, forming the "nervous system" that processes information, thought, and memory; the location of personality and emotions; and the control center ...Read more


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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (Definition)

A condition were 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