How successful is physical therapy in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome?

First line therapy. Physical therapy is the first line of therapy for true thoracic outlet syndrome, and it is often very successful. If other conditions have been ruled out, such as carp al tunnel syndrome, and physical therapy has not effect, then a surgery such as first rib resection or resection of an extra cervical rib can be performed.
50% It depends on how long symptoms have been present. If less than a few months, the success rate is at least 50%. If symptoms have been present over 2 years, the success rate is less than 50%.

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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...

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

Evaluation. Need evaluation by a neurologist and physical and possible EMG tests that will tell if you need surgical intervention. If so need to find Thoracic Surgeon experienced with corrective procedure, and may still need follow up physical therapy once procedure completed. Read more...

What is physical therapy like after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

POST OP TOO. TOO is a very tricky diagnosis to make hopefully you had a full workup with US/MRA/MRI. You need to check with your doctor over timing of when to start PT. The goal is always to decrease pain and increase ROM. You don't want to wait too long and risk getting a post op frozen shoulder . Call your surgeon and pick a PT person who has experience with post op TOO. Exercises are available theraband.com. Read more...

How successful is surgery in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome?

Quite successful. Surgery to remove the first rib (or an extra rib, if there), and break up any fibrous bands of tissue is successful in relieving symptoms in up to 80% of patients. Additional treatment to widen blood vessels (angioplasty) or even bypass compressed blood vessels is sometimes necessary. Even with surgery, symptoms may recur in a small percentage of patients. Read more...
Great question. Important that you have a full evaluation, with both scalene and pectoralis minor blocks. If "neurogenic", an EMG including direct and indirect measurements of the lower brachial plexus. Correctly screened patients can have close to 85-90% successful surgical outcomes with experienced surgeons. Read more...