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Can I lift weights 3 months after thoracic outlet syndrome surgery?

Surgeon. The surgeon who performed your surgery is best qualified to answer your question about when strenuous activity could be resumed and,just as important, what type of activities should be permanently avoided. Read more...
Depends on how much. weight you are contemplating. Usually heavy lifting is restricted for at least 6 months. Read more...

I am a weight lifter, am I possibly at more risk for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Possibly! Compression of nerves and blood vessels can be caused by an extra cervical rib (above the first rib) or an abnormal tight band of tissue connecting the spinal vertebra to the rib. Many patients have injured the area in the past or overused the shoulder. Increased muscle mass can increase the chances of thoracic outlet syndrome. On the other hand, appropriate physical therapy may help relieve it. Read more...
Perhaps. Since tos involves compression of the lower brachial plexus next to the neck or even more distally over the lateral chest wall, any structural problem, such as a cervical rib or an elongated transverse process, or an aberrant ligament could cause symptoms secondary to various traumata. Overhead, or military press maneuvers seem to increase these compressions. Read more...

Will I ever be able to lift weights again after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Yes. you should have a full recovery yet it may take 6 months before you can start up again. Start slow and light . Read more...

Can I go back to light weight lifting (gym) if I have Thoracic outlet syndrome? Will gym increase symptoms or the cause/source of the symptoms?

Possibly. I would seriously consult your Primary Care Physician or the diagnosing doctor before beginning any physical work-out regiment. There are many different types of trainers and exercises out there and you may be exposing yourself to greater pain/delayed recovery if you preform the wrong type. Read more...

What is the likelihood of being able to lift weights and play sports after having surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome?

Wait and see. Likelihood data will not matter at all. What will matter is doing the best you can to heal as optimally as possible and to find expert coaching willing to collaborate w/ Drs to take it step by step as far as it can safely go. Even a high % w/o such a plan won't work and a low one might rob you of hope. Just "Do the right things" and see how far you get. Best wishes. Read more...

I have arterial or venous thoracic outlet syndrome and have been lifting weights again. Is this safe? My hands are a little numb after.

Thoracic outlet. Syndrome is compression of nerves or blood vessels, or combination of both. The most common factors is muscle enlargement due to the weight lifting. I think you should not do any active upper body exercises. Rec.: see your physician for evaluation, patient education and proper referral for treatment. Read more...