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Current diagnosis is thoracic outlet syndrome. 8 months ago i had 2 cort. Trigger point injctns. (where neck meets shoulder)-got 2 days full relief. Normal?

Current diagnosis is thoracic outlet syndrome. 8 months ago i had 2 cort. Trigger point injctns. (where neck meets shoulder)-got 2 days full relief. Normal?

Correlation: Often adds further evidence of presence of pathology inferior to the scalene muscles, and may support in part, a diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome. Often find that pts who respond well to such an injection, are real good candidates for successful conservative or surgical interventions. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Toman
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Shoulder Injuries (Definition)

A shoulder injury is a condition in which a person has a bruise, sprain, cut, or fracture in his shoulder. Fractures can be just cracks in a bone, or they can be displaced fractures, with the broken ends out of place. Bruises appear with swelling, pain, and redness. Sprains occur in a joint that has been moved too ...Read more


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If I am having arthroscopic shoulder decompression can thoracic outlet syndrome be seen & fixed?

Not with arthroscopy: Thoracic outlet syndrome (even if it truly exists, some controversy there) is treated by removal of the first rib. Can't do this with arthroscopy. ...Read more

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Thumb, wrist and shoulder pain- could this be thoracic outlet syndrome as there is numbness in hands as well.

Thumb, wrist and shoulder pain- could this be thoracic outlet syndrome as there is numbness in hands as well.

See below: Agree with need to get this evaluated, and from your description, you most likely have nerve compression at wrists, c/w carpal tunnel syndrome. Tos is less likely, and doubt origin within neck, but get this all checked out. ...Read more

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Should i get a cervical epidural to r/o spine issues after getting diagnosis of thoracic outlet syndrome? Thinking I should get no relief in neck/shoulder...

No- epidural steroid: Injection is not a diagnostic test but a treatment . You need to have a physician who is knowledgable about both conditions evaluate you and the appropriate studies for both regions and determine the exact cause or causes of your symptoms. An orthopedic surgeon may be a good specialist to choose. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see to get evaluated for thoracic outlet syndrome? Chronic r arm/shoulder pain ×6yrs. 3 wrist/arm surgeries no relief.

What kind of doctor should I see to get evaluated for thoracic outlet syndrome? Chronic r arm/shoulder pain ×6yrs. 3 wrist/arm surgeries no relief.

VASCULAR SURGEON: In most parts of usa, the experts in tos come from vascular surgery backgrounds, but a few of us neurologists also deal with this. Places to go include ucla, psl in denver, washingon univ in st louis, johns hopkins univ, and perhaps univ of vancouver. Maybe best bet is to phone dr richard sanders at 303-388-6461, and get further information. ...Read more

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If I play tennis once and get an overuse injury can it cause the thoracic outlet syndrome or are you born with it?

If I play tennis once and get an overuse injury  can it cause the thoracic outlet syndrome or are you born with it?

No: Thoracic outlet syndrome is generally not an 'overuse' injury but can symptoms can be initiated by athletic or work endeavors , etc.In my orthopedic practice TOS is most often caused by a 'cervical rib' or other anatomic variant.See an experienced ORS for examination, Xrays, . Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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Anyone out there ever treat thoracic outlet syndrome?

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 more

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Does thoracic outlet syndrome affect people at any age?

Yes: Often a congenital problem, so present from birth. May be missed, sometimes for years, depending on symptoms, so can present at any age. ...Read more

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Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome ever become a serious issue?

Can Thoracic Outlet Syndrome ever become a serious issue?

TOS: There is neurogenic, arterial and venous types for TOS. Some that cause arterial or venous obstruction can cause arterial insurfficiency of the upper extremity or venous obstruction or DVT, which are obviously serious. Neurogenic type TOS can cause nerve injury to branches of the brachial plexus. Best to see a TOS surgeon and/or a neurologist who can evaluate you. Vascular TOS requires ... ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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