This week I had 3 very different cases of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome come into my office. I thought it would be worth while discussing this condition in a little more detail. Let’s give that a whirl!
When considering the thoracic out I think about 3 areas of concern:
I then review the symptoms with the patient and their presentation. Common things I see and hear are:
From there I develop a treatment plan centered around reducing symptoms and maximizing the space through the thoracic outlet. This usually encompasses some or all of the following:
The reality is thoracic outlet syndrome is tricky. Often patients go months without a correct medical diagnosis largely due to the fact that symptoms are absent during testing. In my experience a doppler ultrasound, while symptomatic, along with EMG can help solidify a proper diagnosis and prognosis for the patient.
I hope this article has given you a few quick pointers when it comes to this very common condition.
Are you someone that suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome? Are you clinician that treats?
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By Connor Collins Rocktape ambassador