Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 
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 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Hello,

I am checking sci.med to see if anyone has any anecdotal or professional
thoughts on thoracic outlet syndrome.

It is apparently very rare, and can be alleviated by surgery in some cases.

My friend who has TOS, has consulted with leading surgeons, and has gotten
mixed opinions.  One has indicated he is a poor candidate for surgery.  
Another has indicated that he is a prime candidate for surgery.

Thanks,

Alastair Lough



Sat, 26 Apr 1997 14:06:55 GMT
 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

: Hello,

: I am checking sci.med to see if anyone has any anecdotal or professional
: thoughts on thoracic outlet syndrome.

: It is apparently very rare, and can be alleviated by surgery in some cases.

: My friend who has TOS, has consulted with leading surgeons, and has gotten
: mixed opinions.  One has indicated he is a poor candidate for surgery.  
: Another has indicated that he is a prime candidate for surgery.

I have a friend with TOS.  SHe went from doctor to doctor here in the
states.  She got MAJOR relief in Germany while living there for awhile,
with a doctor who I suppose could best be described as a
chiropractor/MD.  WHile here she benefitted most from alot of physical
therapy to help release the muscles spasms associated with the syndrome.  
She also saw a good chiropractor here
Now, she generally just sees a licensed neuromuscular massage therapist
and hasn't had any trouble for the past couple of years.

Moral:  There are alternatives to surgery, and I would seriously look at
them before letting anyone operate on me.

Marian



Mon, 28 Apr 1997 23:37:30 GMT
 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Please send any info re: TOS directly to my e mail address, or post
publically to this newsgroup.  Any info greatly appreciated. Thank you.


Tue, 29 Apr 1997 04:50:37 GMT
 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


: : Hello,

: : I am checking sci.med to see if anyone has any anecdotal or professional
: : thoughts on thoracic outlet syndrome.

: : It is apparently very rare, and can be alleviated by surgery in some cases.

: : My friend who has TOS, has consulted with leading surgeons, and has gotten
: : mixed opinions.  One has indicated he is a poor candidate for surgery.  
: : Another has indicated that he is a prime candidate for surgery.

: I have a friend with TOS.  SHe went from doctor to doctor here in the
: states.  She got MAJOR relief in Germany while living there for awhile,
: with a doctor who I suppose could best be described as a
: chiropractor/MD.  WHile here she benefitted most from alot of physical
: therapy to help release the muscles spasms associated with the syndrome.  
: She also saw a good chiropractor here
: Now, she generally just sees a licensed neuromuscular massage therapist
: and hasn't had any trouble for the past couple of years.

: Moral:  There are alternatives to surgery, and I would seriously look at
: them before letting anyone operate on me.

: Marian

I saw quite a few cases of TOS during my time working in the field of
rehabilition of injured workers.  I doubt if it's as rare as you think,
probably just under-diagnosed by the average general practitioner of
medicine.  

From my experience chiropractic was the treatment of choice and generally
resulted in quick recovery.  Second choice was a physiotherapist with a
post-graduate diploma in "manipulative therapies".  Masseurs do not
generally have the skills to diagnose or cure this problem (although there
may be exceptions to this).  Surgery would have to be a last resort (or
the recourse of those prejudiced against or ignorant of the techniques of
brachial manipulation.)

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Wed, 30 Apr 1997 13:27:21 GMT
 
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