What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? 
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 What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

I have a friend (who also reads sci.med, so please post answers) who
is having problems with extreme shooting pain in the area of the
thoracic outlet (shoulder and neck, across collarbone) and trembling
of her hand.  Her arm on that side is at times, numb and/or tingles
and is weak.  Her hand feels "fidgety".  This has been happening since
way before Christmas.  She has been to several doctors and has been
diagnosed with possible thoracic outlet syndrome.  She also has an
almost constant earache on that side.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  What is thoracic outlet syndrome?
How is it normally treated?  What is the prognosis?

I also have a friend with a 12 year old son who is a swimmer who is
having very similar problems.  His arm gets bright red and numb.  
He is being treated by a chiropractor and is not getting better.

Thanks,
ZoeJ



Sun, 18 Aug 1996 05:27:07 GMT
 What is Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

Quote:
>I have a friend (who also reads sci.med, so please post answers) who is
>having problems with extreme shooting pain in the area of the thoracic
>outlet (shoulder and neck, across collarbone) and trembling of her hand.
>Her arm on that side is at times, numb and/or tingles and is weak.  Her
>hand feels "fidgety".  This has been happening since way before
>Christmas.  She has been to several doctors and has been diagnosed with
>possible thoracic outlet syndrome.  She also has an almost constant
>earache on that side.
>Does anyone have any suggestions?  What is thoracic outlet syndrome?
>How is it normally treated?  What is the prognosis?
>I also have a friend with a 12 year old son who is a swimmer who is
>having very similar problems.  His arm gets bright red and numb.  He is
>being treated by a chiropractor and is not getting better.

Thoracic outlet syndrome is usually fairly easily treated with physical
therapy, using a special protocol for thoracic outlet, 3X per week for a
month.  In addition, the patient needs to avoid doing things that bring
on the symptoms such as carrying a purse or backpack on that shoulder,
lifting the arms over the head, repetative arm activity with the arms
held out in front, and sleeping on the affected side or with an arm
up under the pillow.  The best specialist to see for this is a
physiatrist or neurologist.  Chiropractic treatment is unlikely to be of
much help.

David Nye, MD * Neurology Dept., Midelfort Clinic, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
The same week King's attackers got 30 months, a black college senior got
30 *years* for {*filter*} possession.  Something is dreadfully wrong here.



Mon, 19 Aug 1996 10:25:55 GMT
 
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