Who’s doing your back, neck or thoracic outlet surgery at a university teaching hospital? Attending Doctor or Residents?

A patient recently contacted me for treatment after the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome returned following the surgery he had a year ago. Before he flew out to Chicago I asked him to send me a copy of his surgeons report. That was because the incision for his surgery was inferior to the clavicle and […]

Computer Work Is Linked to Neck Pain, Upper Back Pain, Shoulder Pain and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Occupational Injuries—Statistics Muscular injury can occur when soft tissues are exposed to single or recurrent episodes of biomechanical overloading (11), which is characteristic of chronic musculoskeletal pain and thoracic outlet syndrome at work. Direct US workers’ compensation costs total $51.1 billion, averaging more than one billion dollars per week (12). Soreness and pain accounted for […]

What Type of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Do You Have and… Why Is This Even Important?

Most doctors want to know two things. 1. Do you have signs of compression of the nerves or blood vessels in the thoracic outlet? 2. What structures in the bundle are compressed—the artery, vein, nerves, or all the above? In response, investigators have categorized thoracic outlet syndrome as vascular versus neurogenic. Does that mean the […]

Doctor, what is your “success rate” for TOS surgery? What hospitals consider a “success” will shock you. Its not “pain free”

You are obviously concerned about whether your surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome will be a success. The nurse sees this and says “Don’t worry because our doctors have 90% “success” for thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. You are received. To you, a success may be “pain free”. Thats not what the doctors authoring the research determine […]

This easy to use $20 device can help you determine if you have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Pulse Oximeter!

If you suspect you have thoracic outlet syndrome you can get this relatively inexpensive tool to painlessly monitor your pulse rate. If the thoracic outlet is narrowed the subclavian artery can get compressed and either decrease the pulse strength or the pulse can disappear. This is immediately followed by the patient complaining of numbness or […]

Why must your doctor know human spring biomechanics to treat your thoracic outlet syndrome without surgery?

Why must your doctor know the biomechanics of your human springs to treat you for thoracic outlet syndrome? What is the evidence that your doctor does not use biomechanics in the treatment of your thoracic outlet syndrome? Clue 1 – Your doctor doesn’t take the time to ask you detailed questions about activities of your […]

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